Finding The Best Pair of Eye Strain Glasses | Keep Your Eyes From Getting Fatigued
If you spend as much time on the computer as I do, chances are you could benefit from a pair of eye strain glasses. Rest assured, we are counting down your best options for computer eye strain glasses.
I’m not a psychic, but since you clicked on this article to read, I predict that you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. Did I hear a gasp? Am I right? I also predict that you searched for an article about “eye strain glasses.” Even though you may feel like an old fogey, you are not alone.
Studies show that 30% of adults spend nine hours or more each day in front of a digital device. For those of you who work on a computer, eye strain glasses will become as necessary as your morning coffee, especially as you age. Because of the prevalence of digital eye strain, glasses that alleviate those symptoms are flooding the Amazon marketplace. This article will not only give you tips on how to avoid eye strain in the first place, but it will also rate the best eye strain glasses to help your eyes from getting fatigued.
Here’s a quick look at our top 10 best eye strain glasses
What is eye fatigue?
First off, let’s define eye fatigue. If your eyes are burning, itchy, and tired, especially after extended use, you could be feeling the effects of eye fatigue. You can also feel the effects of extended computer use in your back, neck, and shoulders. Please go to the doctor if your symptoms are more severe than that. If you have headaches, double vision, or other significant changes with your vision, make an appointment with your optometrist right now.
How do you prevent eye fatigue?
How can you prevent eye fatigue? First, you will need a ruler. Then, find a lint-free dust rag.
Do you have your tools?
With the ruler, measure 20-26 inches from your eyes. This is where your computer screen needs to be. Make sure the screen is a little below eye level.
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Put the ruler away, and pick up your screen cleaner. Clean the smudges off your screen. Smudges cause glares and reflections and make it difficult to see. Keep this screen cleaner handy so that you can clean your screen often.
Analyze the lighting around you. Is it causing a glare on your screen? Try to block the light that causes the glare. Glaring light can also cause eye fatigue.
Sometimes we can’t control the light in our office. If that is the case, make sure your computer screen can tilt and swivel. This will help alleviate glare that may cause additional stress on your eyeballs.
Set a timer on your phone for 20 minutes. After it goes off, look away from the computer screen for 20 seconds. You may have a Chatty Cathy sitting next to you at work who interrupts you every 20 minutes. If that’s the case, use her long, boring stories about her cat as a cue to look away from your screen. Stare off in the distance and give your eyes the rest it needs.
Apparently, those of us who spend a lot of time on a computer often forget to blink. The lack of blinking can cause eye fatigue. A Web MD article suggests that you keep a sign on your computer that says “blink” to remind you to do so more often. Only do this if you don’t mind being made fun of at work. You will be made fun of . . . I promise.
Finally, another way to avoid eye fatigue and strain is to wear a quality pair of eye strain glasses. Computer eye strain glasses block out the blue light that comes from electronic devices and fluorescent lights. This blue light causes eye strain, but the effects of this light do not stop there.
Blue light also may cause some people to get headaches and in extreme cases, migraines. Some headache sufferers find that their headaches disappear after wearing lenses that block the blue light from their eyes.
Another benefit to wearing computer eye strain glasses is that it can improve your sleep patterns. Many of us are guilty of looking at screens right before going to bed. Heck, many of us look at screens while we are in bed. This can have an adverse effect on people. Many report not being able to go into a deep sleep because of the blue lights. Others can fall asleep, but they wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back into a deep slumber. Using a blue light blocking lens two hours before bed will help you transition from using your device into a deep sleep. It is suggested that you transition from your blue light blocking glasses to complete darkness before sleeping to get the full effects of the routine.
The 10 Best Eye Strain Glasses
Here are 10 of the best-selling digital eye strain glasses sold on Amazon. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each pair, so you can see what would be the best fit for you. We will look at each pair’s features, magnification strength, color and size, customer ratings, and price.
Features: SightPro glasses block the blue light emitted from screens. This blue light suppresses melatonin production, and we need melatonin to have a restful night’s sleep. According to comments on the Amazon website, these glasses block 36% of the blue light coming off your computer screen. The lens is .51 millimeters. The lenses are non-polarized and made of plastic. SightPro also funds mission trips to areas where eye care is not readily available with some of the profits from the sale of these glasses.
Magnification strength: Do you not need any magnification? Customers can purchase SightPros glasses just as eye fatigue glasses with zero magnification. They also come in +.50 D, +1.00D, +1.50D, +2.00D, and +2.50D. This is the only product in this article that comes with this handy feature. If you are over 40, these glasses might serve a dual purpose.
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Color and size: According to answers from customer questions, the SightPro glasses’ front width is 130 mm, and the height is 35 mm. The shipping weight is 1.8 ounces, but this probably includes the case and the cleaning cloth. The glasses have black frames with a slightly yellow lens.
Customer ratings: Customers have rated the SightPro glasses 4.2 out of 5 stars. On the plus side, the glasses are a great value, as they really help with eliminating eye fatigue. On the downside, the glasses’ frames are weak and the hinges on the glasses may cause some issues.
Price: The SightPros glasses are $21.97 and come with a hard case and a microfiber cleaning cloth. They can be ordered through Amazon Prime.
Features: Eye Love glasses block 30% of the blue light emanating from screens. They transition to sunglasses when they come in contact with direct sunlight. As sunglasses, they offer 100% UV protection. The company says the blue light protector prevents insomnia and macular degeneration. The sunglasses help prevent cataracts, cancer, and wrinkles. Eye Love also promotes the glasses as unbreakable. The husband and wife optometrists who founded the company use a portion of the proceeds to help citizens of Jamaica with their eye care needs.
Magnification strength: Eye Love Blue Blockers does not offer any magnification lenses.
Color and size: Eye Love Blue Blockers measure 3 inches x 2 inches x 2 inches. They weigh 5 ounces. The frames come in blue, matte black, matte gray, and pink. Customer reviews say the lenses are yellow, but they look more black or gray in the photos.
Customer ratings: Customers have rated the Eye Love glasses 4.3 out of 5 stars. These computer eye strain glasses relieve eye strain and look cute, and they are also durable. I’ve heard these glasses are better than waffles. I find that hard to believe. Especially if you’ve tried my waffles. On the downside, the glasses only transition to sunglasses when in direct sunlight. They do not transition through car windows. They do have a “hipster” look about them, which depending on your style can be construed as either a positive or negative thing.
Price: The glasses are $29.97 and are shipped for free. They are not sold under Amazon Prime. I was not able to determine if they come with a case or cleaning kit.
Features: The Uvex product was designed to block 98% of the blue light emitted from computer screens and fluorescent lights. They also allow you to see more details on your screen, but they do not let you see colors accurately. This can be a problem for those who use a computer for art or design. This product is similar to safety glasses. The Uvex glasses include a 3-position ratcheting lens inclination system, cushioned temples, a molded-in nose bridge, and a wrap-around lens design that makes you look like a Terminator. This product is made in the USA.
Magnification strength: These eye strain glasses protects the eyes from particles and dust. It also blocks blue light. They do not work as reading glasses as they do not have any magnification.
Color and size: The glasses are black with a very orange rimless lens. They measure 2.7 inches x 7 inches x 2.2 inches. They weigh 1.6 ounces. Customers say they fit over their regular prescription glasses.
Customer ratings: Customers have rated the Uvex glasses 4.0 out of 5 stars. These digital eye strain glasses can dramatically improve sleep patterns when worn several hours before bed to reduce the amount of blue light entering the eyes. On the downside, they do kind of feel like safety glasses on some face shapes.
Price: The Uvex glasses are $9.55 on Amazon, and they can be ordered through Amazon Prime. Two pairs are $21.36, and five pairs are $44.95. It is not clear if it comes with a case or cleaning cloth.
Features: The Cyxus glasses block visible blue light and UV400. The company says their glasses reduces headaches, eye fatigue and eye strain without altering the color of what you are looking at through the lenses. The Cyxus lenses are clear.
Magnification strength: The Cyxus glasses do not work as reading glasses as they do not have any magnification.
Color and size: The glasses have black, crystal, or gradient pink flames and a nearly clear lens. They are 140 mm x 141 mm x 43 mm. The shipping weight is 3.2 ounces. They will not fit over prescription glasses.
Customer ratings: Customers have rated the Cyxus glasses 3.9 out of 5 stars. The pros include, a decrease in eyestrain caused from staring at a screen all day. Although, these glasses run small and may not be as effective at blocking blue light compared to other options on this list. Over time, and with each cleaning, they seem to lose a little ‘blue light blocker’ capability.
Price: These glasses are available through Amazon prime for $19.90.
Features: Swanwick’s computer eye strain glasses, like many of the others in this article, claims to reduce eye fatigue and improve sleep. This product comes with specific instructions. The company encourages you to wear their glasses at least 90 minutes before bedtime if you are watching TV and using other devices with screens. The company claims that over 99% of blue light is blocked while using these computer eye strain glasses.
Magnification strength: The Swanwick glasses do not come in magnification strength.
Color and size: The glasses come in black and tortoiseshell. They come in four sizes. Size 1 is considered the regular size and is 53 mm across. Size 2 is small and measures 50 mm across and size 3 is the kid’s size. This smallest size measures 48 mm across. Size 4 is large. This largest size is 55 mm across.
Customer ratings: Customers have rated the Swannies eye strain glasses 4.3 out of 5 stars. On the plus side, wearing the glasses at night can improve your sleep. Plus, wearing them while working on the computer during the day reduced the likelihood of a headache. The cons include a higher price point and the tint on the lenses is a little too dark for some people to be able to use for detailed work on the computer.
Price: All sizes and colors of the Swanwick glasses are $69. They are not offered through Amazon Prime.
Features: Northland’s Product is marketed as a blue light blocker that helps reduce headaches, migraines, and eye fatigue. Their glasses are rimless, which will enable you to see what you are looking at with less obstruction. The company says their product blocks 95% of the blue light that comes off your screens. These glasses are large enough that they can be worn over existing glasses.
Magnification strength: The Northland Product does not offer any magnification.
Color and size: The Northland Computer glasses are 5.75 inches x 6 inches x 1.5 inches. They have black rims and orange lenses.
Customer ratings: Earning 4.3 out of 5 stars, most customers are happy with this product. These glasses seem to help people fall asleep and stay asleep, even when using electronic screens before bedtime. Although, these glasses break kind of easily with a tendency to split in half, or the lenses will pop out suddenly.
Price: At the time this article was written, the product was listed as unavailable. The note from Amazon said they did not know whether or not this product would become available again or not. No price was listed.
Features: Zendustries, the company selling this product, says their glasses are unique because they wrap around the face and blocks all of the blue light from entering your eyes. The marketing material said that it doesn’t matter what percentage other glasses claim they can block if some of the light comes through your peripheral vision. This makes sense. The BioRhythm glasses are made of flexible plastic, so if you fall asleep with the glasses on your face, you won’t wake up to find them mangled out of shape. Again, this is a good idea.
Magnification strength: This product does not offer any magnification options.
Color and size: The frames are black and come with orange lenses. The product dimensions are listed at 7 inches x 5.5 inches x 1.7 inches. The glasses weigh 1.44 ounces.
Customer ratings: The BioRhythm glasses have earned 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Overall, these glasses help people fall asleep and stay asleep. Plus, the design of the glasses is a little better than the other blue-light blocking glasses on the market. Not only are the glasses great, but the company offers fantastic customer service if you experience any issues with these glasses.
Price: The BioRhythm glasses sell for $34.95. They are not available through Amazon Prime.
Features: This is the second pair of glasses made by Cyxus on the list. Like the other Cyxus product, the lenses of these glasses are clear and do not have a bright orange tint. It seems as if the only difference between this and the previous product is the style of the frames. These frames are semi-rimless.
Magnification strength: Cyxus glasses do not offer any magnification.
Color and size: The glasses are 138 mm x 139 mm x 41 mm. The frames are black, and the lenses are clear. Some of the reviewers said that the lenses did have a yellowish cast to them.
Customer ratings: This pair of Cyxus glasses has earned a 3.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The glasses reduce eye fatigue and people like the look of the glasses. The negatives include, the glasses may look and feel a little cheaply made, but they aren’t expensive. Also, they run a little small for the average-sized face.
Price: Like the other Cyxus glasses, this pair is also $19.90. They can be purchased through Amazon Prime.
Features: These non-polarized glasses look like a pair of traditional aviators, except the lenses are orange. They are marketed to be used as sunglasses, and nothing more is said about blocking the blue light emanating from computer screens. The glasses come with a drawstring pouch.
Magnification strength: Nope, these glasses do not have magnification either.
Color and size: The BluBlocker glasses have a black frame and orange lenses. The package dimension is 7.6 inches x 3.6 inches x 1.8 inches. The product dimensions are not listed. The shipping weight is 2.4 ounces.
Customer ratings: At the time I write this, there are 257 customer reviews, but they are mostly positive. The BluBlocker has earned a 4.6 out of 5 stars. The customers writing positive reviews are happy with how they look, even though one reviewer said he looked like a 70s porn star when he wore these glasses. Most of the positive reviews were written by customers who used them as traditional sunglasses. Only a few people mentioned using them as glasses to be used while looking at a screen. The drawbacks are that the glasses scratch easily, so be careful and keep them in a case.
Price: The product sells for $32.95 through Amazon Prime.
Features: Sun Shield is marketed as driving glasses that offer UV protection and fits over your prescription glasses. They feature side lenses to reduce glare from the peripheral area of your eyes. The product description also suggests that they can be used for golfing or any other outdoor activity.
Magnification strength: This product does not offer magnification.
Color and size: Sun Shield glasses have black or brown frames and orange lenses. They also block the sun from the side as well. They look similar to a pair of cataract glasses and come in two different sizes. The large size is 6 ¼ inches x 2 inches. They will fit over prescription glasses up to 5 ¾ inches x 1 ¾ inches. The medium Sun Shield glasses are 6 inches x 1 7/8 inches. They will fit over prescription glasses up to 5 3/8 inches and 1 ½ inches. The shipping weight is 2.08 ounces.
Customer ratings: These computer eye strain glasses earned 3.7 out of 5 stars. These glasses are commonly used to reduce the blue light from screens, even though the product is not marketed for this use. The customer service department is great, which is ideal if you have any issues with your glasses. Most complaints about the product revolve around the fact the glasses tend to break quickly.
Price: The Sun Shield can be purchased through Amazon for $16.97. The larger version is one dollar more.
Even though this article is supposed to clear up any questions you may have about purchasing anti-fatigue glasses, the answer is not crystal clear. The best glasses for you depend on many factors.
For those of you who are getting older and need to wear readers, it only makes sense that you purchase glasses that prevent eye strain and offer the magnification that you need. The SlightPros were the only glasses on the list to provide both features.
The only glasses that offered the dual purpose of blocking blue light and that would also transition into sunglasses were the Eye Love glasses. There is also an added incentive to buy this product because the company supports a mission to provide eyewear to some citizens of Jamaica who can’t afford glasses.
The Cyxus eye strain glasses were the most attractive of all the glasses because they do not have noticeable orange or yellow lenses. The lenses were traditional sizes though and would not necessarily block light coming in from the sides of the glasses. These were probably the best glasses to wear at work though, as they are fashionable and supposedly reduce eye strain.
If you need protective glasses to fit over your regular glasses, the Northland and Sun Shield products are the one you should purchase.
Customers who seemed the most concerned about sleep patterns purchased the BioRhythm computer eye strain glasses. The curved frames blocked out the blue light that could come in from the peripheral area of the eyes.
Other suggestions to reduce eye fatigue
Do you still have eye fatigue even after purchasing a new set of glasses? Try using eye drops to refresh your eyes when they feel dry while working. Use a humidifier to add moisture in the air. When you get home from work, lay down in your bed and put a warm washcloth over your closed eyes.
Hopefully, one of the digital eye strain glasses listed above, paired with the preventative techniques, will ensure you have happy, healthy eyes for years to come.