While we could probably stand to put our phones down more often, realistically, looking at screens is a part of life. Therefore, so is exposure to blue light emissions (aka the wavelengths of light emanating from your various tech devices). But you can do to something to combat those harmful rays: Wear blue light glasses. These nifty specs protect your eyes from the damage caused by looking at screens all day and can also reduce headaches or the dry, itchy eyes you usually experience around 4 p.m. Here, we pulled together ten of the best blue light glasses for you to wear. Prescription lenses or not, do future you a favor and protect those peepers.
1. Felix Gray Hopper
Unlike some of the other brands on this list, Felix Gray is focused solely on creating computer glasses (including pairs for kids). It currently has 16 optical designs to choose from, but we love these icy blue frames for a subtle touch of color. BTW, this style is named for Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral who was instrumental in the development of the computer programming language COBOL. (In fact, all of Felix Gray’s frames are named after important scientists from history, including Alan Turing, Mae Jemison and Ada Lovelace, to name a few.)
2. Eye Buy Direct Jive
This minimalist, quasi cat-eye design is perfect for those who want wire frames with a little something extra (they also come in pink and light brown, if that’s more your speed). You can get these cuties with prescription or nonprescription lenses, and there’s also a choice between SightRelax and EBDBlue Plus lenses, both of which filter out blue light but vary in additional perks. Eye Buy Direct’s offering ranges in price from $6 up to $70 (not including prescription lenses), so it’s easy to find a pair that fits your face and your budget.
3. DIFF Eyewear Weston Blue Light Glasses
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of prescription lenses, these ombré frames are a very chic option. They also come in a semi-clear taupe shade, and because they’re sold at Anthropologie, you might as well add a matching blue sweatshirt to your cart for your coziest, most chic WFH day ever.
4. Warby Parker Lindley
Of course Warby Parker sells blue light glasses. In fact, all of the brand’s styles can be fitted with blue light lenses (with or without an Rx) and can be tried on from the comfort of your couch, along with four other pairs, thanks to its signature five-day at-home trial.
5. Paradigm 19-13
All of Paradigm’s frames are designed in Louisville, Kentucky, and produced in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner in safe, fair-wage factories in China. Even the frame cases and packaging are recyclable. For as much good as the brand does, it also offers frames that look pretty damn cool, like this green geometric style.
6. Karen Walker Amna Black
Yes, the beloved New Zealand fashion label (that also makes one of the coolest bridal lines we’ve seen in a while) has a new line of blue light glasses. It only makes sense given that most people know Karen Walker for its collection of funky but not too quirky optical frames and sunglasses. There are currently 12 styles in the lineup, but our favorite has to be these oversize Iris Apfel–inspired frames.
7. Flower by Drew Barrymore Marigold Frame, Pyrite Gold
One of the best budget-friendly blue light options is also celeb-approved. Or celeb-designed, to be exact. Just last month, Drew Barrymore added eyewear to Flower, her brand best known for its beauty and home goods. As you might expect, the designs all have a cool vintage ’60s vibe and not a single pair is more than $20.
8. Peepers Strut
Another great inexpensive option is from Peepers. While we’re very into these avocado green and tortoiseshell frames, there are a ton of equally colorful and mixed-media options as well. Think red cat-eyes, blue marble wayfarers and, of course, classic black square frames, all for $25 each.
9. Quay x Chrissy All Nighter
Quay Australia has been acing the celebrity collaboration game for years, but we were ridiculously excited when we learned that Chrissy Teigen would be joining the ranks. Even better, she included blue light blocking styles in six juicy color options, including cherry red, ice blue and leopard spots. Unfortunately for those with prescriptions, the Quay x Chrissy styles are for nonprescription lenses only.
10. The Book Club Clear Blue Light Reading Glasses
We’ve been fans of The Book Club for cool reading glasses (i.e., ones that don’t look like you picked them up at CVS) for quite a while now. These sleek, semi-clear frames come in 1.5x, 2x and 2.5x, all with that handy blue light filter, so you don’t have to mess around with the settings on your iPad before digging into next month’s book club pick.
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