The 9 Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses of 2020
A simple way to reduce eye strain
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Whether you’re sitting at a desk, working all day in front of a computer, watching Netflix, or playing video games, the effects of blue light can be noticeable. From eyestrain to headaches and insomnia, too much of this type of light exposure can be detrimental to your wellness. But wearing blue light blocking glasses can be an easy fix. If you want to block blue light all day long, just at night, or you also wear corrective lenses, here are the best blue light blocking glasses to consider.
Best Overall: J+S Vision Glasses
Whether you’re reading a book online or engaging with social media, you’re exposing yourself to blue light. So, if you need to use reading glasses, it’s best to protect yourself, too, with the J+S Vision Blue Light Shield Glasses. These high-quality lenses are engineered to filter out 90 percent of blue light while allowing less harmful types of light to come through.
Unlike other glasses in the same price range, J+S offers a variety of frame shapes, colors, and lens styles. Choose from Classic Rectangle, Round, or Square frames. Once you pick your frames, you can choose Low Color Distortion or High Definition lenses as well as frame colors including Glossy Black and Tortoiseshell.
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Best for Sleep: Gamma Ray Optics Orange Glasses
As affordable as they are effective, Gamma Ray Optics' Blue Light Blocking Orange Glasses include a complimentary case and cleaning cloth. Still, these budget-friendly glasses don't sacrifice quality. While many of the competition’s lenses block out 50 percent of blue light, Gamma Ray Optics states these glasses block out 97 percent to improve sleep and vision. The manufacturer stands behind their product, not only with a 90-day money-back guarantee but also with a lifetime warranty against breakage.
Designed for both men and women, the black frames are made of plastic, which is light and comfortable on your face. Spring hinges and nose pads also ensure a perfect fit.
Best Clip-On: Spectra479 Amber Lenses
While prescription blue light blocking glasses are ideal, people with very strong or unique prescriptions may not be able to find the right blue light blocking lenses. Luckily, the Spectra479 Clip-On Blue Blocking Amber Lenses are affordable, lightweight, and can be affixed to most glasses with an easy pinch clip.
The amber-colored lenses are designed for nighttime use to block out blue light that can contribute to insomnia and other sleep issues. Data shared by the manufacturer shows these lenses can block out 100 percent of light from 280 to 490 nanometers and 99.8 percent of light in the 450 to 510-nanometer range, which is considered the most disruptive wavelength of blue light during the evening.
Best Splurge: Warby Parker Haley
Beloved direct-to-consumer brand Warby Parker ticks all the boxes for stylish, effective glasses with its blue light blocking lenses that will fit with any of their frames for prescription, non-prescription lenses, or reading glasses. While Warby Parker’s regular prescription glasses are relatively inexpensive compared to the competition, putting non-prescription blue light blocking lenses into their frames is pricier than the average pair of ready-to-order blue blockers.
Still, these wide fit, cat-eye glasses are worth the splurge—Warby Parker’s free home try-on program allows you to try up to five frames at once, ensuring you’ll get a pair you really like. Choose from either Opal Tortoise or Lavendar Cyrstal frames.
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Best for Migraines: MVMT Ritual Crystal Everscroll
If you suffer from migraines, using blue light blocking glasses can be helpful. Handmade of cellulose acetate with stainless steel hardware, MVMT’s Ritual Crystal Everscoll glasses are aesthetically pleasing, but more importantly, lightweight and comfortable. This is essential as heavy frames can potentially trigger migraines and other headaches. Choose from Clear, Peach, or Green frames.
With 100 percent UV protection, these glasses are ideal for working at your desk to binge-watching your favorite shows. MVMT also stands behind this product with free returns and a 24-month warranty. However, one minor drawback is that these glasses cannot be used with prescription lenses. So, unless you have perfect vision or regularly wear contact lenses, it’s best to go with another option.
Best for Prescription: Felix Gray Roebling
For a prescription option, opt for Felix Gray’s Roebling glasses. These sophisticated frames are available in three different colors: Sazerac Crystal (dark tortoiseshell), Rose Mallow (light blush pink), and Amber Toffee (a lighter tortoiseshell shade). With a narrow to medium width, these unisex circular-shaped frames are designed to flatter most face shapes. Made of acetate, they’re also handcrafted in Italy with a propriety lens engineered to balance clarity and effectiveness.
Note that these glasses only block out blue light during the day, so if insomnia is an issue for you, consider a different pair. But the benefit of daytime glasses is that the lenses are virtually clear, unlike the aesthetic of more tinted lenses. In addition to filtering blue light, these glasses eliminate glare for the best possible visual experience. Both single vision and reading glasses are available.
Best with Magnification: Zenni Optical Round Glasses
If you need bifocals (progressive) or magnification lenses integrated into your regular glasses, your options are often limited. Enter Zenni Optical's Blokz line, which has several types of blue light blocking lenses to choose from, all at a very affordable price.
The standard Blockz lenses are virtually clear and offer indoor and outdoor blue light protection, whereas Blokz Sunglasses are designed exclusively for outdoor use. For the best of all features, Blokz Photochromic lenses turn dark in the sunlight and can also be worn indoors. Blokz Trivex lenses are impact-resistant ideal for sports and children, too. The Optic Round frames come in a choice of three colors: Tortoiseshell, Navy, and Brown. Plus, Zenni has a free 3D virtual try-on tool.
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Best Budget: Cyxus Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Cyxus' Blue Light Blocking Glasses come with so many options, it’s practically like buying a custom pair. No matter what type of vision you have, you can add your prescription to the glasses. Designed to prevent ailments like eye strain, redness, general fatigue, and headaches, these glasses block harmful light rays including blue light, ultraviolet radiation, and UV400 light. Additionally, they’re shock-resistant, waterproof, and anti-glare with a quality that’s built to last.
They also win points for style, with 23 different colors to choose from including black, clear, pink, purple, and even patterns.
Best for Style: Quay Australia Jezabell
Atypical from most blue light blocking glasses in the market, these wire-frame glasses from Quay Australia are a stylish, on-trend choice. The round, oversized Jezabell frames are minimalistic, yet versatile enough to match with any work outfit. Beyond looks, the glasses feature blue light blocking clear lenses, with blue or green and pink-colored lenses available as well. You can also have your prescription added to the frames and virtually try-on the glasses through the manufacturer's site.
Meet the Expert
This roundup was written by Amanda Lauren, a lifestyle writer who covers fashion and office accessories for The Balance.