Navigating the variety of blue light-blocking glasses (including computer glasses and gaming glasses), and deciding which may be the best out there can be difficult. While most makers rely on the same blue light-blocking technology, some glasses don’t always block the same amount of blue light, while others offer improved blue light blocking and employ additional options and technologies which help further reduce the negative effects of blue light on the eyes.
Blue light is short-wavelength light that scatters more easily than longer-wavelength light like reds and yellows. Since it scatters more easily, blue light makes focusing harder for your eyes, and after prolonged exposure and constant attempts to focus (like reading text on a screen) your eyes can become strained and tired. This can affect sleep patterns, lead to dry or gritty eyes, and produce blurred vision.
The best blue light-blocking glasses filter at least 50% of high-energy, short-wavelength, visible light (blue-violet light less than 450 nm) from reaching your eyes, and they cut glare from the screen. A yellow-tinted lens in blue light-blocking glasses filters out the short wavelength and can be more effective than a simple clear lens for wearers who spend extended hours in front of a screen. For people who do not spend hours gaming, reading, or working in front of a screen, the yellow-tinted lenses may not be necessary.
FramesDirect.com offers BlueReflect™ lenses. These blue light-blocking lenses filter 50% or more of blue light, and they’re treated with an anti-glare coating, allowing your eyes to focus more easily and thus reducing eye fatigue throughout the day. BlueReflect lenses are available in prescription or non-prescription lenses, so whether you need a specific prescription or you simply want the benefits of blue light blocking lenses, we’ve got you covered.
Once you know to look for glasses with lenses that meet blue light-blocking requirements, finding the best glasses for screen time comes down to your choice of style. We’ve narrowed down some of the most popular styles available, all with either blue light-blocking lenses included, or available upon request.
You’ll find the Oakley Airdrop with blue light-blocking lenses everywhere, from corporate boardrooms to pro-gamer Twitch streams. One of, if not the most popular eyeglasses frames today, the Airdrop is sleek and bold. And with Oakley’s roots in action sports, you can count on these frames to be lightweight and durable. When equipped with a BlueReflect™ lens in single vision, progressive, or non-prescription, the Airdrop makes the perfect pair of glasses for protecting your eyes and reducing eye fatigue from long days coding your next project, or long nights playing your favorite game.
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Known for its quirky, New York-inspired style aesthetic, the Kate Spade label offers fun, flirty, and classic eyeglasses, while leading the way in modern design in the Big Apple and beyond. The Lucyann Us from Kate Spade features a clean and uncomplicated rectangular silhouette with a playful splash of color inside the temples. Made in lightweight acetate, these frames make the perfect office workhorse when fitted with BlueReflect™ lenses. Your days are long enough—you shouldn’t have to worry about eye fatigue from blue light or pressure points from heavy glasses.
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Bruce Willis, Rashida Jones, Robert Pattinson, Seth Rogen—the list goes on. For decades celebrities from film stars to politicians have embraced Clubmaster frames as part of their look. Which makes this timeless classic one of the best choices for a pair of computer glasses. While they may not be as lightweight as a minimalist frame, the narrower lower rims help keep these bold frames reasonably lightweight, while making a significant style impact.
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The name Gucci is synonymous with luxury design, so it makes sense that Gucci Eyewear created what we think is the best oversized silhouette for a pair of blue light-blocking glasses. Full of style, the GG0026O is a reinterpretation of the vintage horn-rimmed design, updated for a modern, urban look. With blue light-blocking lenses, these oversized frames make an outsized style statement while keeping your eyes comfortable and focused at work.
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Gunnar specializes in blue light-blocking eyeglasses and sunglasses specifically designed for gamers and heavy computer users. Their proprietary lens technology with Blue Light Protection Factor™ (BLPF) offers different levels of tint based on the number of hours you spend in front of a screen. We like the Gunnar RPG by Razer for its lightweight design and specialized, eye-catching details for frames with a stylish profile and comfortable wear. With many of Gunnar's frames coming in at under one hundred dollars, you can enjoy quality blue light-blocking at a price that won’t break the bank.
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At FramesDirect, we offer thousands of eyeglasses and sunglasses styles from all of your favorite top brands. When it comes to protecting your eyes during long hours in front of a screen, look no further than our BlueReflect™lenses. Contact us today for more information about how to purchase your next pair of blue light-blocking computer or gaming glasses.