I’d heard of blue light blocking glasses before: years ago when they were yellow, ugly, and not worth the thoughts. It was normal to not consider them, and continue a life glaring at phone screens, laptop screens, tablets, for the sake of vanity. Quite sad really, but that’s how it was.
Anyway, fast forward to today’s world – where my job includes hours on end staring at screens to carry out my typical work – blue light glasses have evolved with the times.
I’m one of the worst people I know for living my life through blue light. If I’m not taking photos and videos through my iPhone all day, then sharing content on social media, I’m on my laptop writing articles (like this one, yep!) and forever on my emails.
I often feel like my eyes are red and tired by the end of the day, and it’s not usually until the end of the day that I feel the ache begin to lift – when I finally turned off my devices.
Blue light itself isn’t too much of a bad thing. It’s everywhere, including in sunlight. Researchers have determined that blue wavelengths can even be beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood. But it’s when it comes to the end of the day and we’ve binged in the blue light that can be worrying.
Because we live our lives through screens, we’re constantly bathing in artificial light, most of it being of the blue kind. Too much exposure to blue light at night suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep cycles. This is my down fall. Constantly sleepless nights.
So, onto the glasses. A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that when a group of young boys wore orange glasses while looking at their phones for a few hours before bed, they felt “significantly more sleepy” than when they wore clear glasses. Another study conducted with 20 adults had similar findings.
I;ve done a bit of research here and learnt that scientists saw potential problems of blue light, and saw that blue light blocking glasses were gaining popularity as a way to reduce digital eye strain and avoid disrupted sleep cycles.
In addition, many of the frames also have glare reduction to prevent digital eye strain from looking at screens. This is when I jumped at the chance to try some pairs out. The ones I have are from Kanturo, in which I own the black and gold Feather Kanturo Blue Light Glasses, and the Retro Kanturo Blue Light Glasses.
Both pairs look stylish and pretty sassy to be honest! So here’s what I’ve discovered over the past week trying them out:
Firstly, Blue light glasses don’t have to be ugly. Yes, they do show light reflection a little brighter when looking directly at someone wearing them, but for those days staring at my laptop and messing about on devices at night – who cares?
The company I tried, Kanturo, is a brand whose glasses filter out the higher end of the blue light spectrum, so the lens don’t look yellow. Blue light glasses from Kanturo offer protection from the poor effects of blue light, offering modern styles for both men and women. I found that the choices of Kanturo glasses are contemporary and stylish, so it was no problem for me to pick a pair.
Another point is that when trying these out, it made me more aware of my screen time. Because I wear contact lenses, it made me reach for my new glasses everytime I jump on my laptopn, which is pretty much a good 10 hours per day.
The same for scrolling through my phone. Wow, it doesn’t half make me aware of what a phone addict I am.
As a result of this, I found myself becoming more aware of taking breaks and putting the phone away. The obvious solution to the problem of blue light would be to break away more often, but it isn’t always achievable. So at least I know that if I need to work in the evening – especially on my phone – there is something else that can help.
Wearing them has been totally worth it for me. The evenings I have worn them and been aware of blue light and it’s effects, I’ve fallen asleep a little quicker. As I’m still trying them out and getting used to being in this type of habit, I’m sure I’ll be seeing bigger improvements. So far as good thought as my eyes feel more rested at the end of the day (probably from the reduced screen time and glare) and looked visibly less red and tired.
I would recommend these to anyone concerned about their digital eye strain — though I would also recommend trying to cut down on on LED lighting and screen time at night as much as possible. If you’re anything like me, the two will go hand in hand. Reaching for the Blue Light glasses will make you aware of how often you are absorbing blue light.
You can check out more styles at Kanturo – let me know if you go ahead and purchase a pair!
If You Want to Try Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Here are a few good options depending on your preferences and price range, including the ones I tried: