In the Digital Age, We All Spend Too Much Time in Front of Screens

Blue light filter glasses by screens on tablets, phones and computers can cause eye strain, headaches, blurred vision and disrupt sleep patterns. Blue light filter glasses can help reduce this effect by blocking some of the high-energy wavelengths. The most effective lenses are tinted with amber, which research suggests filters blue light more effectively than clear or translucent glasses. But a tinted lens may not be right for everyone, and it can be difficult to gauge the effectiveness of a pair of glasses without using a visible spectrometer, which isn’t something you’ll find in most optometrist’s offices.

Enhance Your Screen Time Comfort with Blue Light Filter Glasses

Many companies claim that their blue light filter glasses help reduce eye fatigue and other symptoms associated with screen use. But the results of some studies suggest that such eyewear isn’t likely to be helpful, particularly when worn during activities other than looking at screens. A recent Cochrane database review1 found that blue-light-blocking eyeglasses don’t ease computer eye strain, protect the retina or help people get a good night’s sleep when worn outside of screen-based activities.

To evaluate blue light filter glasses, Good Housekeeping editors wore each pair on multiple occasions during work days spent in front of computers and televisions and after-hours while watching TV or playing video games. Our editors also took note of how comfortable the glasses were to wear, whether they provided glare reduction and, when worn during non-screen activities, how effective the lenses were in blocking blue light.