Updated on 17 January 2023
Ideal for office use or even for gaming, these glasses filter out up to 50% of harmful blue light and are also equipped with anti-UV technology. The lenses are scratch-resistant and glare-free. In our tests, we found them to be effective in use, but also in our specific test to prove that they eliminate blue light. We also liked them for their comfort and retro design. From a young French brand, they come with a sturdy case and a cleaning cloth.
The different models we have tested. The most harmful wavelength is around 400 nm, and blue light can reach up to 500 nm. Blue light from screens often causes headaches and eyestrain. The more intensive the use of screens, the higher the percentage of protection should be. If you wear your glasses with headphones, choose thin, lightweight temples. They are usually one-size-fits-all, so they may not always fit the shape of your face. Some manufacturers provide accessories such as a carrying case and a microfibre cloth.
The different models we have tested.
The most harmful wavelength is around 400 nm, and blue light can reach up to 500 nm.
Blue light from screens often causes headaches and eyestrain.
The more intensive the use of screens, the higher the percentage of protection should be.
If you wear your glasses with headphones, choose thin, lightweight temples.
They are usually one-size-fits-all, so they may not always fit the shape of your face.
Some manufacturers provide accessories such as a carrying case and a microfibre cloth.
Their HEV-Absorb lenses with a blue light-blocking polymer are transparent and therefore do not drastically alter colour vision. They are also shock, water and dust resistant, as our tests have shown. The frame is quite modern, suitable for both men and women and is available in various colours. Although we would have appreciated more information on the protection provided by the glasses, we found this model to be effective over time for office use. It passed our specific test with a little blue light with flying colours.
Their amber-tinted lenses offer 65% protection against harmful blue light while preventing dry eyes thanks to their curvature. The curvature of the lenses causes them to fog up on rounder faces, and some of our testers were less satisfied with the slightly distorted vision they provided. Their high level of protection is ideal for gamers or anyone else who spends several hours a day in front of a screen (especially with multiple screens). They are effective but require a much higher initial investment.
Due to their large design, these glasses are less suitable for round faces. Apart from that, they are suitable for everyone and are ideal for those who work all day at the computer, as our tests have shown. As they come with a blue light and a special card, we were able to test their effectiveness directly by placing the glass in front of the card and switching on the light. If the glass had been defective, the card would have turned mauve blue (a colour that appears directly without the glass). On the other hand, although they are quite resistant, we regret the absence of a case.
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|These solid glasses, which are quite practical with their fairly clear lenses, are perfect for use in the office thanks to their optimal protection that filters out approximately 50% of harmful blue light.||Available at an attractive price and in several colours, these glasses filter out blue light thanks to their polymer blocker, which has the advantage of not colouring the lenses. The lenses are also very resistant and the frame is unisex.||These ultra-popular glasses filter out no less than 65% of harmful rays thanks to their amber lenses. They are wide enough to provide good coverage and are suitable for both gamers and office workers.||These glasses are light and effective and come with two accessories. The round design is one of the largest in this comparison. They also come with a cloth to clean them without damaging them.|
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How did we do the testing?
To test the anti-blue light glasses, we put together a team of three testers with different sensitivities to blue light, but also with different morphologies (rather thin, round faces…). This allowed us to test the fit and comfort of the glasses. We also evaluated their resistance (in particular by dropping them on the floor).
Next, we tested the effectiveness of the goggles themselves. The most sensitive member of the team wore each pair for several hours without experiencing any discomfort or dryness. In addition, we had at our disposal a plate and a specific blue light pilot for more accurate results.
How to choose glasses with blue light filter?
Glued to the screens of our computers, smartphones or televisions at all hours of the day, we are increasingly exposed to artificial light. As the blue light it emits is increasingly being reported as the cause of eyestrain, fatigue and headaches, many people are choosing to protect and relieve themselves by wearing glasses with a blue light filter.
But this is a more complex subject than it seems, and the numerous models currently on the market make the decision difficult: so we hope to remedy this by presenting you with a few points to know before you buy.
First of all, we feel it is essential to give you a minimum of information about blue light and the controversies surrounding it:
- What is blue light? Blue light is part of the visible spectrum of natural white light. It has short wavelengths, which means it has a high concentration of energy. Scientifically, there is no evidence that it is harmful to the eyes or health, but it is unnatural for us to be exposed to so much of it, especially at night, through our screens and LED lamps.
- Types: blue-violet light has potentially harmful effects on the retina, while turquoise light is beneficial for our body, as it regulates our circadian rhythm, among other things.
- Dangers and symptoms of overexposure: according to some experts, harmful blue light can cause long-term damage to the retina, as it penetrates directly into the retina. Other effects, such as eye fatigue, dryness, tearing, headaches or delayed sleep appear to be due to the same light. For information, the most toxic wavelength for retinal cells is around 400-450 nanometres, and blue light in general is approximately 380-500 nm.
In order to counteract these risks, glasses with blue light filters have been developed. Their main characteristics are as follows:
- Effectiveness: although their benefits do not seem to be scientifically proven, it is clear that, in practice, many consumers report that they feel relieved and reassured when wearing this type of glasses: their eyes are less irritated and tired, they find it easier to sleep and they suffer less from headaches….. It, therefore, seems undeniable that they provide a certain level of comfort, although their effectiveness certainly depends on the sensitivity of each individual.
- Use: these glasses are designed for people who spend many hours in front of a computer screen or smartphone. Of course, these profiles are becoming more and more numerous, whether they are young students, professionals or gamers. It is particularly important to wear them before going to bed, as this is when artificial light is most useful. Note that if you already wear prescription glasses, it is quite possible to add blue light filters to them. Some coated lenses may also “clip in” to your existing frame.
- Protection: Blue light filters are supposed to regulate the different rays, rejecting only the most harmful to the eye and letting the turquoise blue light wave through. Some brands provide information on the percentage of protection, but there are still very few of them. The more intensive the use of the screens, the higher the percentage of protection should be. However, these figures are more relevant when combined with data on the wavelengths they filter out.
- Comfort: If you are going to wear these glasses for several hours a day, it is essential to find a comfortable model. These glasses are usually unisex and one-size-fits-all, which may not be practical if you have a particularly thin or wide face. If you want to wear the glasses with headphones, make sure the temples are thin and light enough.
- Design: As glasses are usually an aesthetic accessory, their design is very important. The models on the market tend to be rather neutral and discreet, but they tend to follow the fashion of the moment. In general, you can choose from a variety of colours. And if you find yellow lenses unsightly, you’ll be glad to know that today there are more transparent protective lenses.
PS: to provide coolness and moisture to irritated and tired eyes, you can also use eye drops for dry eyes, in addition to wearing protective goggles.
Other blue light filter glasses that we recommend
My Blue Protect Vintage (£25.00 upon publication): a solution available with corrections. They offer interesting protection to relieve your eyes and reduce daily fatigue. Lightweight and discreet, they come with lightly tinted lenses that you get used to fairly quickly. Their mixed design is also appreciated. In addition, the French brand offers a wide range designed to satisfy and protect adults, teenagers and children.
Other blue light filter glasses we have tested
Klim Optics (£29.97 upon publication): we found these glasses to be too thin, drooping in the front and limiting vision. We also don’t think the lenses are too secure.
Lusee Carbone (£44.99 upon publication): the material quality of these glasses did not convince us. They are effective, but seem rather fragile and the price is too high.
Translated by Ramsés El Hajje