Original Article Written: Dec 12, 2018 Update: Feb 18,2019
The other day I was sitting at a mall, and I noticed just how much technology has taken over our world. Every menu sign at the mall’s food court had flat screen tv’s displaying their menus. Many with videos of advertisement of the various food items on their menu. The Lenscrafters had two digital advertising signs in the front, the opticians were using tablets to help their customers. Many people walking through the mall, or sitting in the food court had their eyes fixated on their smartphones.
Blue Light Blocking Clip Ons
While technology has provided us with many conveniences, this boom in technology is a worrisome issue when it comes to eye health. You see, this technology that everyone loves so much also happens to emit blue light. This blue light isn’t the natural blue light that you can get from the sun, but this is artificially produced blue light. This blue light has always been thought to be harmful to your eyes and cause loss of vision similar to that of macular degeneration, which is the death of your photoreceptor cells. But they were never sure of exactly how blue light was affecting your eyes, up until recently.
Researchers from the University of Toledo may have discovered exactly how blue light damages your eyes. Focusing on a certain molecule that our photoreceptors require to be able to see called the retinal molecule. What they discovered was that when these retinal molecules were exposed to blue light, they were producing a toxic chemical that would actually kill your photoreceptor cells over time. Even though researchers are barely scratching the surface when it comes to how blue light affects our eyes, that doesn’t mean we can’t be more proactive about protecting our eyes from blue light.
There has been much talk about blue light blocking glasses, and digital eye strain. But digital eye strain isn’t the only thing we are truly worried about. You can strain your eyes just as much by focusing on a book for too long. What we are worried about is protecting our eyes from the long-term damage it would get from being overexposed to blue light. Too much blue light can lead to permanent damage or loss of vision. Therefore if you spend extended periods of time in front of digital devices, you should be wearing some sort of blue light blocking glasses.
If you wear prescription glasses, there are lenses available now with blue light protecting coatings that you are able to get, which would give you protection from blue light all day. If you already have prescription glasses but don’t have the blue light protection coating, there are a couple of ways you can still protect yourself from blue light. You can get glasses that fit over your glasses, or you can get blue light blocking clip-ons. These clip-ons easily clips onto your current glasses, and you can remove them when you don’t need them. Great for anyone that works for extended periods of time in front of digital devices, and want to protect their eyes from the blue light emitting from those devices. Below you will find some fairly inexpensive, but quality blue light blocking clip ons that you can utilize to protect your eyes.
Spectra479 Blue Blocking Daytime/Nighttime Clip-ons
My number one recommended blue light blocking clip-on is one made by Spectra479. This company makes one of the most high-quality and best selling blue light blocking glasses on the market today, and now you can use that high-quality blue light blocking lens on your own prescription glasses, or even your reading glasses.
These clip ons are available in an Amber night time lens that is designed to filter out as much blue light as possible, and a day time blue light reducing clip-on to help you reduce your blue light exposure throughout the day if you work with digital devices.
If you do a lot of work in front of a computer, or if you’re like me and have multiple computer monitors in front of you, the amber lens is a great lens to use to help filter out as much blue light as possible. Especially if a lot of that work is at night, but if you don’t mind the color you are able to use it during the day as well. The daytime clip-on is a great one to use if the amber color is too much for you but still would like to have some blue light protection the daytime clip-on is a great option.
GAMEKING Blue Light Blocking Clip-on
This is another great option for blue light blocking clip-ons. This lightly tinted lens blocks out 60% blue light overall, and a thin and lightweight but durable blue light blocking clip-on for you to add to your current prescription glasses or your reading glasses. This clip-on comes with a lifetime breakage warranty as well as a 30-day money back guarantee.
Cyxus Blue Light Blocking Clip-on
This is a great clip-on option that is great for those individuals who do not like the amber or yellow tinted lenses but still want to be able to protect their eyes from blue light when they are looking at digital devices. This is also a great clip for graphic designers or artists that still need their eyes protected from blue light but need to be able to see in true color. This company tests all of their lenses to make they are effectively blocking out blue light before they get to you.
Gunnar Optiks Clip-On
Gunnar has been in the business of protecting our eyes from digital devices for over two decades focusing more on gamers than anything else but they have expanded their selection over the years. Specializing in a patented technology that helps protect your eyes from digital eye strain as well as blue light. Gunnar’s lenses are designed to help reduce eyestrain while providing you with better color contrast, as well as focus. These are perfect for anyone that spends extended periods of time looking at any digital devices.
Don’t Wear Prescription Glasses?
If you don’t wear any prescription glasses or reading glasses, then it would be a bit difficult for you to use blue light blocking clip-ons, therefore below I have gathered some of my favorite picks for blue light blocking glasses that you can use if you don’t currently wear glasses. No assembly required.
If style is the last thing on your mind when you are deciding which blue light blocking glasses to go with, then this is your pair. This is the pair that is often used in labs and has been used in some studies. When I look at them I immediately think safety glasses, but for a pair of glasses that absorbs 98% of blue light and cost around $10, it’s not too bad.
If style is more important to you then take a look at these high-quality Gunnar frames. As I mentioned above, Gunnar has been in this business for a while, and their patented technology is one of the best in the market today. These lenses filter out 65% of harmful blue light from digital devices and will help reduce the risk of long term damage to your eyes from blue light. Gunnar tends to pay attention to every detail when they make their glasses, giving them wide lenses to give you a nice unobstructed view and protection.
This is another stylish and simple frame by Gunnar that can provide you with protection from blue light, and still match with every outfit in your closet. This is the perfect accessory to your digital lifestyle and is fitted with Gunnar’s patented technology to give you optimum protection against blue light.
Cyxus Blue Light Filter Glasses
Cyxus actually makes quite a few different styles for their blue light blocking glasses, but this classic browline frame is my favorite one because it gives you that retro look. These lenses are also clear and do not have a tint with them, and would be perfect for anyone that needs to work in true color. You can find the rest of the styles of Cyxus blue light filter glasses here.
All blue light blocking glasses are designed to do the same thing, filter out the harmful blue light you get from digital devices. Blue light blocking clip-ons are a great option for those who already wear prescription glasses or readers and don’t have blue light blocking lenses. If you don’t wear glasses then there are many options for you when it comes to blue light blocking glasses without a prescription, but make sure you go for ones made by reputable manufacturers like the ones above.
Do you use blue light blocking glasses? Why? or Why not? I would love to hear from you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer your question.