The 11 Best Blue Light Glasses, Tested by Health

We found the Felix Gray Jemison Glasses reduced glare and were comfortable to wear for hours in front of the computer

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Best Blue Light Glasses

Felix Gray

If you’re clocking in long hours on your computer or phone every day, you’ve likely experienced the side effects of blue light. Blue light is the most common light wavelength we interact with on a daily basis, thanks not only to our devices but also to the sun, which is the source of most blue light. Side effects of increased blue light exposure include eye strain, dry eye, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. The best blue light glasses are an easy way to help reduce some of these negative side effects. 

Tested and Approved

The Felix Gray Jemison Glasses came in best overall thanks to their glare reduction and comfortable fit. The Benicci Blue Light Glasses scored a 5 in each of our tested categories with a lightweight frame and crisp lenses.

“Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt by many individuals after two or more hours in front of a digital screen,” says Dora Adamopoulos, OD, Medical Advisor to The Vision Council. “As digital devices have become mainstays in our daily lives, particularly with the realities of remote work and school, digital eye strain is something more and more people are dealing with.”

Blue light filters can also be added to prescription glasses, along with anti-glare and transition coatings, to help improve overall eye health. To find the best blue light glasses, we spoke with experts and tested 21 pairs at home for a week, evaluating each pair for fit, feel, and clarity.

Here, the best blue light glasses based on our test.

Best Overall

Felix Gray Jemison Blue Light Glasses

4.9
Felix Gray Jemison Glasses

Felix Gray

Why We Like It: Their minimal glare and comfortable fit make them a perfect all-day WFH option.
It’s Worth Noting:
These frames come in at more of an investment price.

The Felix Gray Jemison Glasses finished best overall during our testing thanks to their easy all-day wear. Our tester wore the Jemison glasses for full workdays and was impressed with how well their comfort and non-slip frames kept up even after 8-hour days. 

While the frames are entirely plastic and not easily adjustable, our tester felt like the fit was just right. “They were very comfortable and didn't slip at all. I wore them for several 8-hour work days and didn't feel like they pinched or dug into the bridge of my nose whatsoever,” they said.

If you’re worried about the yellowish tint that normally comes with blue light glasses, this pair offers completely clear lenses. Our tester also loved the glare reduction, even on Zoom, though their comfort and style do come at a price. Our tester noted the cost was one of the only drawbacks. “The only thing I didn't like about it is the price: they're expensive,” they said. “If you're willing to invest in a pair of well-made blue light glasses, you'll likely be very happy with these.”

Price at time of publication: $100

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: Yes
  • Sizes: One size
  • Available Colors: 2
  • Return Policy: Free exchanges; 30-day refund window

Best Lightweight

BENICCI Stylish Blue Light Blocking Glasses

5
Benicci Blue Light Glasses

Amazon

Why We Like It: Their clear lenses and light material are an easy fit for those who don’t wear glasses.
It’s Worth Noting:
The lenses include stickers that are a little difficult to remove.

The Benicci Blue Light Glasses scored 5s across the board in our tests, impressing our tester with their lightweight design and wearability. “They are so light that I barely felt them on my nose and ears. And for someone who doesn't wear glasses normally, that's a big deal,” our tester said.

Their clear lenses also make for an easy transition for anyone not used to wearing glasses on a regular basis. Our tester did note that the frames may work better on smaller faces as there’s no way to easily adjust them. Users also note that the frames arrive with stickers on the lenses that may be a little difficult to remove without leaving residue behind.

Price at time of publication: $20

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: No
  • Sizes: One size
  • Available Colors: 1
  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Best Prescription

Warby Parker Thurston Glasses

4.7
Warby Parker Thurston Glasses

Warby Parker

Why We Like It: A lightweight fit and non-slip nose bridge might make you forget you even have them on.
It’s Worth Noting:
The no-frills wireframe style might not be to everyone’s taste.

The Warby Parker Thurston glasses were a top scorer in fit, which thoroughly impressed our tester. “These are really lightweight,” they said. “I almost forgot I had them on.”

The variety of lens choices on Warby Parker’s site made this our top pick for prescription wearers. You can buy the glasses in a non-prescription option, but you can also upload your prescription and have your blue light lenses custom fit to your eyes. Lenses come in reader, fatigue, single-vision, and progressive types, making it easy to combine your regular glasses and blue light lenses into one for all-day strain reduction.

While our tester thought the frames were a little less stylish than other blue light glasses in our picks, their no-frills wireframe design makes them easy to adjust during daily wear.

Price at time of publication: $145

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: Yes
  • Sizes: Medium and wide
  • Available Colors: 2
  • Return Policy: 30-day returns; six-month scratched lens replacements

Best Budget Prescription

LensDirect Emory Glasses

4.5
LensDirect Emory Glasses

LensDirect

Why We Like It: The clear lenses help to reduce glare during long days at your computer.
It’s Worth Noting:
Their plastic nose pads may require adjustment throughout the day.

The LensDirect Emory Glasses make it easy to bring blue light filters to your prescription glasses at about half the cost of other prescription frames. Lenses are available without a prescription, but you can also add your prescription for single-vision, readers, or progressive lenses. In addition to blue light blocking, lenses are also available with anti-reflective coating and scratch resistance. 

Our tester loved the fit of these frames, saying that even though the frames are plastic they were comfortable on their ears and only occasionally slid during the day. They also noted that the lenses helped to reduce glare from off of screens, lessening eye strain throughout the day.

Price at time of publication: $74

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: Yes
  • Sizes: One size
  • Available Colors: 13
  • Return Policy: 30-day returns or exchanges

Best for Reading

Readerest Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses

4.8
Readerest Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses

Walmart

Why We Like It: Their secure fit and color range makes them stylish and secure enough to keep on while you’re working. 
It’s Worth Noting:
The lenses aren’t anti-reflective.

The Readerest Blue Light Blocking Reading Glasses scored top marks in our test for fit and clarity. Our tester raved about their hassle-free wear but noted that they weren’t anti-reflective, so they’re better suited to reading and computer work than Zoom meetings. 

We love that these frames are available in 10 colors—making it easy to pick one that matches your style for all-day wear. Our tester liked the snug and secure fit of these lightweight frames, noting that it was easy to move between tasks on different devices while wearing them.

In addition to blue light blocking, Readerest’s lenses are also equipped with UV protection and scratch resistance. Users note that the lenses are not anti-reflective as advertised and may be distracting during video meetings. 

Price at time of publication: $18

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: No
  • Sizes: One size
  • Available Colors: 10
  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Best for Headaches

Peepers by PeeperSpecs Women's Shine On Blue Light Glasses

4.9
PeeperSpecs Peepers Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Amazon

Why We Like It: Their clear lenses and slight magnification help to reduce eye strain and headaches.
It’s Worth Noting:
They don’t include a case.

Blue light often causes headaches after extended screen use, but if the frames don’t fit your face well (whether they’re too tight or too loose), they can contribute to pain throughout the day. The Peepers Shine On Blue Light Glasses impressed our tester both with their strain reduction and overall fit. “I love that the arms can flex outward, so they are easy to put on and take off,” our tester said. “The arms also didn't hurt behind my ears, even after hours of wear.”

Their overall strain reduction also earned top scores with our tester. “After one day, I noticed a slight difference—no headache. After a few wears, I felt these significantly helped reduce eye strain,” they said.

The only change our tester would have made is adding a case. “They are so pretty and they feel like a quality pair of glasses—so just throwing them in my purse felt strange,” they said.

Price at time of publication: $27

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: No
  • Sizes: One size
  • Available Colors: 1
  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Best for Small Faces

MVMT Everscroll Glasses at Amazon

4.7
MVMT Everscroll Glasses

MVMT

Why We Like It: A snug, secure fit and crisp lenses make them easy for all-day wear
It’s Worth Noting:
They may be tight on larger faces

If you have a smaller face, it can be difficult to find glasses that fit without having overly large lenses or nose pads that slide. The MVMT Everscroll Glasses come in 51 or 54 mm sizes, which our tester noted would be great for smaller faces.

In addition to the fit, our tester also loved the lens clarity and reduced pain the blue light lenses offered. “My eyes immediately felt better after putting these on. I was pretty amazed,” our tester said. “My sight is generally pretty bad and this definitely reduced strain.”

Our tester was so impressed by the clarity, they continued to wear them even outside of work: “I immediately noticed my screen look crisper and less harsh. I even often wear them while watching TV.” 

Price at time of publication: $78

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: Yes
  • Sizes: 51 or 54 mm
  • Available Colors: 2
  • Return Policy: 30-day returns

Best Wire Frame

Caddis Hooper Blue Light Blockers

4.7
Caddis Hooper Blue Light Blockers

Caddis

Why We Like It: Their secure fit makes it easy to transition between screens without slippage
It’s Worth Noting:
While these frames have four color options, they all have tinted lenses

These retro tinted wireframe glasses offer plenty of style while protecting your eyes from blue light. Our tester loved that the Caddis Blue Light Blockers stayed in place all day, not requiring constant adjustment like some other frames. 

“I recommend this for folks who switch between digital devices often, since the glasses don't move when you move your head quickly,” they said. “I'm not concerned about them moving, even if I'm a little sweaty.”

While all of the Caddis Blue Light Blocker frames have tinted lenses, our tester noted that they offered perfect clarity for screens and made obvious improvements in helping to reduce strain.

Price at time of publication: $109

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: No
  • Sizes: One size
  • Available Colors: 4
  • Return Policy: Free exchanges; 30-day refund window

Best for Gamers

Gunner Optiks Razer Glasses

4.5

Why We Like It: Their yellow tint helps to reduce eye strain and glare on computer screens and TVs.
It’s Worth Noting:
The edges of the lenses are a little distorted, which may be noticeable when not looking at a screen.

Gamers spend a lot of time looking at plenty of different screen types and need something that works to block blue light from all of their devices. The Gunnar Optiks Razer Glasses feature a more noticeable amber tint meant to reduce glare and eye strain for extended screen use.

Our tester noted that they often experience negative side effects from screen use, but the tinted lenses made a noticeable difference. “I felt like they really did help, as I am a person who does often get eye fatigue/headache from staring at my screen all day,” they said.

If you’re not looking at a screen, however, you may notice some slight distortion at the edges of the lenses, but this isn’t an issue while focused on a device.

Price at time of publication: $100

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: No
  • Sizes: One size
  • Available Colors: 1
  • Return Policy: 30-day refund window

Best Fit

TIJN Glasses

4.2
TIJN Glasses

Amazon

Why We Like It: Clear, sharp lenses and a good fit for most face shapes make them an easy addition for people who don’t normally wear glasses.
It’s Worth Noting:
Their lenses are fairly big, which may not be the best during work meetings.

These comfortable and well-fitted glasses impressed our tested most with their lenses. “Much better than clarity from past pairs I've tried,” they said. “Nothing was blurred, fuzzy, or discolored and my view was sharp.”

While the glasses were comfortable and fit well, our tester said that the lenses were a little big. “Not anything I'd want to be wearing during a work meeting,” they said while noting that they wore them the rest of the day without issues.

Price at time of publication: $21

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: No
  • Sizes: One size
  • Available Colors: 13
  • Return Policy: Free exchanges; 30-day refund window

Best Transition Lens

EyeBuyDirect Escape Blue Light Glasses

4.2
Eye Buy Direct Prescription Glasses

EyeBuyDirect

Why We Like It: Their transition lenses keep eyes from straining whether you’re working inside or out.
It’s Worth Noting:
While the fit is good, the frames are not adjustable and may start to slip.

If you like to take your screens outside, transition lenses with blue light-blocking capabilities Eye Buy Direct’s Escape Glasses may be a great choice for you. Our tester noted that the glasses transitioned seamlessly between indoor and outdoor work, with lenses that made it easy to see screens in either environment. These glasses are also prescription-ready in addition to their blue light and transition lenses.

Our tester was also impressed by how comfortable the frames were in addition to how well the lenses seemed to block blue light. “I've tried my fair share of prescription glasses and blue light glasses—especially in college,” they said. “This pair of glasses is by far the most comfortable and effective pair I've worn.”

While the body is made of plastic and not easy to adjust, our tester noted that the frames only slipped when looking directly down at their phone during the day.

Price at time of publication: $39

Product Details:

  • Prescription Option: Yes
  • Sizes: Small or medium
  • Available Colors: 6
  • Return Policy: 14-day refund window

Our Testing Process

The Health team tested 21 pairs of blue light glasses at home. Testers first worked without blue light glasses for four hours and rated any eye pain or discomfort. In the second half of the workday, they tested a pair of blue light glasses for four hours and again rated eye strain.

Following this initial test, the team wore their blue light glasses for a week, working and interacting with screens as usual, and evaluated their glasses based on fit, feel, and clarity. 

What to Know About Blue Light Glasses

Fit and Comfort

Fit is one of the most important things to look for when buying glasses, blue light or not. “Glasses should fit snugly and be lightweight,” says Dora Adamopoulos, OD, Medical Advisor to The Vision Council. “Non-slip nose pieces and temples are must-haves to keep your eyewear in place while running around.”

You can tell that your glasses are a bad fit if they slide down your face or if they’re too tight on your head and temples, which can cause additional pain.

Glare

Glare from screens is one of the causes of eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, according to the American Optometric Association. “People should look for anti-reflective coatings to reduce glare in addition to the blue-light reduction for optimal comfort and effect,” Dr. Adamopoulos says.

You can also mitigate the effects of glare and eye strain by following the 20-20-20 rule, which Dr. Adamopoulos describes: “taking breaks every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.”

Tint 

Blue light glasses typically have a light yellow tint to their lenses, with some styles having a more noticeable tint. Bradley Katz, MD, PhD, a neuro-ophthamologist at the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center and CEO of Axon Optics, notes that ultimately the tinting doesn’t make much of a difference as “it's still very difficult to know what you're getting with blue light glasses, no matter what the tint looks like.”

Dr. Katz also recommends migraine glasses, which have a pink tint, which may help to reduce migraine symptoms.

Prescription

Prescriptions don’t affect the ability of blue light glasses to block this type of light. In fact, having the right prescription is often one of the first steps to effectively reducing eye strain. “In order to be effective, blue light glasses should have the accurate prescription, appropriate lens design and treatments,” says Dr. Adamopoulos.

Style

Blue light blocking glasses are available in all styles, including both wire and plastic frames. A particular glasses style won’t make a difference on blue light blocking, but you should look for something with larger lenses if you’re looking to block as much blue light as possible.

More Blue Light Glasses to Consider

We also tested these blue light glasses, but they didn’t make our top picks based on issues with fit and clarity.

Your Questions, Answered

What is blue light?

Blue light is the light emitted by blue wavelengths, which account for most of the light we encounter in our daily lives, not only from our devices but also from the sun. Blue light has the lowest wavelength on the spectrum of visible light, which means it transfers the highest energy.

While blue light has some benefits—such as higher alertness and mood elevation—most of us are more aware of the potential consequences of blue light exposure. Dry eye, eye strain, and headaches are some of the more frequent symptoms of blue light exposure because our eyes are not well-equipped to block blue light, according to UC Davis.

Do blue light glasses work? 

While many people—including many of our testers—noticed a difference in eye strain and headaches while wearing blue light glasses, overall testing on blue light glasses has been mixed. A systematic review conducted in 2021 found that overall results remain mixed, with no definitive proof that blue light blocking glasses help with the negative effects of blue light exposure. Additional studies found that participants wearing blue light glasses and placebo glasses reported very little difference between the two.

While results are mixed, the good news is that blue light blockers don’t appear to have any negative effects.

“Some patients do feel subjectively improved when they use blue light glasses, so there is no harm in using them in terms of reducing eye strain,” says Dagny Zhu, MD, an ophthalmologist and expert at myvision.org.

How can I tell if my glasses block blue light?

Being able to tell how much blue light your lenses are blocking can be a little tricky.

“You can’t tell how much blue light a pair of glasses blocks unless they are tested with specialized equipment,” says Dr. Zhu. “This is an issue because most of the industry is unregulated and it’s impossible to know exactly how much blue light a pair of glasses is blocking.”

If you’re purchasing your glasses from an eyeglass store or manufacturer, it might be helpful to ask for the information on your glasses. “One way to know if the glasses purchased provide proper blue light protection is to ask for the transmittance spectrum report provided by the manufacturer that spells out the visible light spectrum protection the lenses have been tested to provide protection for,” says James Dello Russo, OD, a LASIK surgeon and ophthalmologist at the New Jersey Eye Care Center.

But if you’d just like to test them at home, Dr. Dello Russo says that you can look at the reflection of light on your glasses from a wall or a sheet of paper. “If light reflection on the lens appears blue, then it is likely blocking some percentage of blue light,” says Dr. Dello Russo.

How long can I wear blue light glasses for?

You can wear blue light glasses for as long as you wear regular glasses—as long as you find them comfortable. As Dr. Zhu said, there is no harm in wearing blue light glasses and you can treat them like regular eyeglasses.

Can blue light glasses cause headaches?

The doctors we spoke to agreed that wearing blue light glasses won’t cause headaches, but if you are getting headaches while wearing blue light glasses, you should consider the fit and, if applicable, power of your glasses. Some frames, especially plastic ones, can put pressure on your temples if they’re too small. Additionally, wearing the wrong prescription can cause headaches.

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  1. Computer vision syndrome (Digital Eye Strain). American Optometric Association.

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