Your eyes are one of your most valuable assets, so any decision you make regarding them–whether it be deciding on an optician, choosing which drops to put into them, or selecting which glasses to look through–should be the best possible one. With this in mind, we have prepared a list of 5 things you should look for when purchasing a pair of blue light filtering computer glasses (aka computer reading glasses).
Get the Right Amount of Protection
As you start to learn about computer glasses, you will discover that not all blue light blocking glasses are created equal. Different manufacturers use relative methods and various lenses that result in variances in blue light filtering efficacy.
You will want to choose lenses that have a yellow tint, as this is known to be more effective in comparison to computer glasses with clear lenses. Ones without the yellow tint can only block 5-40% of blue light, between a spectrum of 400 and 495 nm, which may not be sufficient when you are on a computer or mobile device several hours each day.
Lenses with the yellow tint can filter 45% to 75% of blue light, making them more effective for protecting your eyes and improving your sleep. Be sure to buy computer glasses that clearly label how much blue light is blocked to make sure you are protecting your cornea and retina from damage.
But Not Too Much
There are blue light filtering lenses that come with a red or orange tint which can block up to 100% of blue light. What the companies who put these glasses out fail to realize is that blue light is actually very beneficial in moderation. Some blue light is good for the eye. and you need a certain amount to help maintain a healthy cycadean rhythm and keep your sleep schedule on track.
Choose Optical Quality Lenses
Not only is the blue light protection important but the lenses it is applied to is equally important. Optical quality lenses are free from blemishes that can cause unnecessary eye strain and headaches. They also provide the clearest field of vision available.
Comfort and Fit Matter
If the glasses are not comfortable, you won’t wear them. Make sure they sit comfortably on the nose without squeezing it. You will also want to make sure they do not slide off when looking down, as you are often likely looking downwards when using a computer or digital device.
Style Matters Too
Whether it be meetings, the office, coffee houses, or the beach, you will likely be wearing your reading glasses out at some point. Cheap computer glasses look just that: cheap. You want to get a pair of blue light blocking glasses that are going to receive compliments, not laughs.
At Visualites, we are not only dedicated to bringing you a quality and stylish pair of reading glasses but doing so with lenses that will be the best for your eyes. Additionally, our lightweight rimless computer reading glasses feel great to wear and have a very professional look that will feel right at home or at the office.
Jerry Willis is the owner of Lumen Eyewear and the computer glasses and reading glasses brand Visualites. Jerry has years of experience in eyewear frame and lens design and manufacturing of eyewear and is a member of the Vision Council of the United States of America. Lumen Eyewear is also a FDA licensed manufacturer and importer of reading glasses and computer glasses. Visualites is dedicated to bringing its customers products that not only improve their vision but the health of their eyes.