As students and teachers begin the school year in many areas via remote classrooms, they will, unavoidably, be spending more time on their computers, smartphones, and tablets. This raises concerns about the effects of blue light and digital eye strain.
“While there is little evidence that blue light causes eye strain, there is evidence that blue light emitted from your devices can disrupt your circadian rhythm, your body’s sleep and wake cycle,” said Dr. Brad Brocwell, VP of Clinical Operations for Now Optics, parent company of brands Stanton Opticaland My Eyelab. “Blue light glasses have a coating which filters out the amount of blue light you are exposed to. There are also coatings and filters which can be added to your spectacle lenses which reduce the amount of exposure to blue light.”
There’s still controversy as to the benefits of blue light glasses and the American Academy of Ophthalmology hasn’t taken an official stance. We leave the decision up to you, but if you are interested in buying a pair, we’ve rounded up our top picks for the best blue light glasses for teachers and students below.
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Best Blue Light Glasses for Teachers
Extremely durable and lightweight, these cute vintage framed glasses boast UV400 lenses that resist 100% of blue light.
These blue light blocking glasses are made of reinforced metal frames, soft silicone nose pads, and durable metal hinges, with cool cat-eye frames.
Gamers, who spend hours a day screenside, swear by these yellow-tinged, blue-light-blocking gaming glasses.
Clear frames are all the rage; these glasses offer 100% UV protection while also providing all-day protection from the effects of blue light.
Block blue light and magnify text with mod, blue-light-blocking reading glasses. A five-pack ensures you’ll have a pair always at the ready.
Best Blue Light Glasses for Kids
Soft, durable frames make these glasses a good pick for little ones. They also protect little eyes by blocking over 99% of the most harmful blue light rays (under wavelength 420 nm) and 99.9% UVA/B/C rays.
Ultra-lightweight and flexible for durability, these blue light blocking glasses are comfy on tiny faces. Comes in a variety of colors!
Made of silicone, these flexible-framed glasses effectively filter harmful blue light.
Designed for kids aged 3-12, these ultra-lightweight and flexible, eco-friendly silicone frames are durable and comfortable for long-term wearing. They’re impact resistant, too, and can be twisted and even bent.
Whether you are looking for kid computer glasses or better sleep glasses, Eyekepper Kids ‘sleep better’ glasses are a safe and comfortable way to block the blue light.
In addition to blue light glasses, Dr. Brad Brocwell also recommends “limiting use of your devices 1-2 hours before bedtime and using the nighttime setting on smartphones or tablets, which can help limit blue light exposure.”
Concerned about eye strain during remote learning? Check out What Does Seven+ Hours of Screen Time Do to Students’ Vision?and How to Be Smarter About Screen Time for Kids.
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