*So first we'll start with a disclaimer, I'm not a medical professional, opthamologist or sleep expert, this is just something that I tried for myself. *
I'm sure most of us have heard about blue light from our phones, computers etc keeping us awake and some of you might have programs installed to turn your screens more yellow as the day goes on e.g. Apple's Night Shift mode. I use them across all my devices and they definitely work to a point, but then one day while browsing around online I found a pair of glasses that claimed to filter out the blue light themselves, and I was intrigued.
I bought my first pair of blue-light filter glasses or computer glasses as I call them about a year ago now and I've been virtually inseperable from my various pairs since. I actually broke the arm on the first set I had, but the ones I'm using now have lasted me a while.
So how do they work? Well the science-y side of it seems to be that blue light from screens makes your brain think it's daytime and that you should be awake, so if you use these devices right up until you go sleep (I see you 1am instagram scrollers!) then if you have issues getting to sleep or you find you wake up a lot in the night then this could be part of the reason. The glasses have yellow tinted lenses so the blue light doesn't penetrate and your bodyclock should work normally.
You can see the tint the glasses give below (there's no filter on these photos, they look like that):
I have two pairs that I wear regularly, a pair with spring-hinges (for comfort) which I wear when I'm working on the laptop or using my phone in the evening.. I normally put these on about 6pm, and a second pair which I keep by my bed for use before I go to sleep.
The first time I bought a pair last year I was sceptical but the difference it made was huge, I have naturally very dry eyes and use eye drops but the glasses reduced how dry my eyes were which was unexpected but welcome, my sleep definitely improved and strain headaches from too much screen time became a thing of the past for me. Sometimes if it's late afternoon and my eyes are already tired I put my glasses on a bit earlier in the day and the relief comes in a matter of minutes. I never thought I'd choose to wear glasses, especially as my vision is perfect, but I wouldn't be without a pair of these now.. they make my eyes more comfortable and I sleep better, what's not to love? They're also great for air travel as I find that can really dry my eyes out but these glasses help to relieve that slightly.
The only possible issue could be the tint, so if I'm doing design or photography work then obviously I need to see the true colours so I don't wear them for that but I make sure I give myself regular breaks to avoid any strain.
I found these just by browsing the first time but just searching for blue light filter glasses or computer glasses will bring up plenty of results with all sorts of styles and prices.. if you need magnification for reading glasses you can actually buy these with different magnifications so you don't have to choose between the two!
I can't find links for both the pairs in the photo above, but the top pair can be found on Amazon by clicking here (not an affiliate link).
If you struggle with tired or dry eyes, trouble sleeping or if you just want to limit eye strain I'd definitely recommend giving some glasses a go, they've made a huge difference in my life.
I'd love to hear your thoughts so please drop me a comment below!
Stay safe, x