Verity is a Physics with Teaching Bsc (Hons) graduate. In her spare time, she likes to cook, read and play video games.
Background and Important Info
I purchased these glasses on Amazon UK for £20. I was not sent this product in return for a review. This review is unbiased and features my honest opinions and experiences with this product.
My job heavily involves looking at screens all day. I noticed that my eyes were getting tired, itchy and painful around lunchtime. Then it was pointed out to me that I was squinting and narrowing my eyes without realising. It also became a pattern that I would get headaches towards the evening. I also found that when I got home I would need to sit in low light, as bright light would hurt.
Many nights upon arriving home, I would neglect to even open my laptop as I knew it would make my eyes itch. Once it was pointed out to me that I was squinting, I immediately booked an eye test. The results of my eye test were that I have 20/20 vision and my periphery vision is perfect. I spoke to the consultant who carried out my test and she advised that it sounded as though I was suffering as a result of digital eye strain and that I should take breaks from looking at screens where possible, throughout the day, at regular intervals.
Unfortunately, this is not very possible for me due to my job, especially since I take a lot of work home with me too. So I had to look at options for reducing digital eye strain. After some time on Google, I came to the conclusion that I should try some blue light filtering glasses. I ordered a pair on Amazon in September and I have used them consistently for the past 7 months.
How I Use the Glasses
The glasses arrived with a glasses case, a cloth for cleaning, and a small blue-light torch to use to test the glasses. I used the torch to test the glasses and found that none of the blue light made it through.
The first thing I noticed upon putting them on was that they have a clear filter. A lot of glasses I have seen have a yellow filter, which makes everything look off-colour. These glasses, however, allowed me to see the world as it is without an unusual coloured tint.
I put on these glasses as soon as I arrive to work in the morning, around 8am. I wear them up until lunchtime, where I tend to take them off while I eat (a break lasting approximately 45 minutes). I put them back on when I return to my desk after lunch, and I wear them until I leave work (approximately any time between 5pm to 7pm). Once I am at home, I leave them in the box, in my bag. I do not wear them at home.
I typically do not wear them at all the weekend, even though I am looking at screens, unless I start to feel as though I am developing a headache, or I can feel my eyes squinting. This is because I can take the regular breaks that my eyes need, while I am at home.
I noticed quite quickly after a few full days of using these glasses that my eyes felt much less tired at the end of the day. I was able to do more high-quality work for a longer time. This made me much more productive and I found I could work until 8pm without my eyes feeling as though they were prickly. My instances of headaches also dropped.
I noticed after a week of using the glasses daily, that I was able to go home and watch television, read printed text, and even use my laptop without any discomfort or pain.
An unexpected side effect that I experienced as a result of using these glasses, is how quickly I am now able to fall asleep at night time. It used to be that my body felt physically tired but when I tried to go to sleep, my brain would not switch off and my eyes would be uncomfortable even when closed. I did some research and found that the blue light from screens, can reduce the brain's production of melatonin making it harder to fall asleep. However, after a couple of weeks of wearing these glasses daily, I found that it was much easier for me to fall asleep at night. By late October, I was falling asleep within minutes of laying down. This also meant that I was keeping a more regular and healthy bedtime and sleep schedule.
These glasses are comfortable to wear (especially as someone who has never worn glasses before), although I do notice that at the end of a long day I have red rivets on the side of my nose where the glasses have been sitting. It is never painful though, and I do not consider this to be a negative point. I have on occasion even forgotten that I have had them on. Everyone has been quite complimentary about the glasses and have remarked that they are cute. I was, at first, self-conscious about starting to wear glasses all of a sudden, but very few people questioned it. Most people seem genuinely interested in what they are and how they work, and I have been asked where they can be bought from on multiple occasions.
I really like these glasses. They have made a big difference in how I work, have made me more productive and have improved my sleep quality. I also love that they filter blue light without applying an unusual yellow tint to everything. If you suffer from digital eye strain, or you use screens for a large portion of the day, I would most definitely highly recommend these glasses. They are so reasonably priced and do such a good job!
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Kayley on May 03, 2020:
I didn't know there were blue light filtering glasses that didn't tint everything you look at! That's always been the biggest factor holding me back from trying them. Especially knowing now that they can help with sleep, I might give them a try! Thank you for the very clear, informative article :)