You don’t have to become a nocturnal Luddite to protect your eyes. You simply need a high-quality pair of blue-light-blocking glasses. Below, you can browse our picks for the best blue-light-blocking glasses for men and let us know if you like what you see (pun intended). These stylish options can be purchased with or without a prescription.
Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men
Best Overall: Felix Gray
Felix Gray’s collection of blue-light-blocking specs are more than just lookers. (Another pun intended.) They boast the sheen, heft, and solid craftsmanship you associate with a high-end sunglasses brand like Ray-Ban, but without the sticker shock that makes you afraid to use them. More surprisingly, while the gold tint of the lenses is nice and dark when you’re looking out, it’s barely noticeable from a looks perspective. The brand’s frames come in a variety of classic profiles, but we’re partial to the rounded Roebling frame. Beware of working at the coffee shop with these — you’ll get interrupted with compliments all day.
Best for the Options Lover: Jins Screen
Jins has a wide variety of frames to choose from, and every single one has the option to add Jins Screen, the brand’s blue-light-blocking tech for your usual daytime computer staring, and Jins Screen Night, which is tailored specifically for screen-watching before bedtime. Just choose your favorite style — the square MCF-17S-243 will stand out in a crowd or a cubicle den — and your preferred lens at checkout for an additional $60.
Best for Blending In: Spektrum Prospek-50
If your eyes could use a rest, but you’re not into the whole tinted lens thing, Spektrum’s blue-light-blocking glasses are the solution you’ve been waiting for. The acetate and titanium construction makes them super durable and lightweight. We like the Destiny model for its classic charm.
Best for the Socially Conscious: Warby Parker Kimball
Everyone’s favorite get-one-give-one glasses brand has jumped into the blue light game, bringing all its beloved brand features with them. Warby’s virtual try-on tool lets you narrow down the selection before your purchase, as is the free at-home try-on that captured the hearts of America’s bespectacled masses. The brand’s selection of frames is impeccably stylish, even if it is a tad homogeneous. But who cares when you’ve got options like the Kimball, a hip vintage-inspired number in just-flashy-enough tortoiseshell. Best of all, every pair of Warby Parker blue-light glasses means sending a pair of real glasses to someone in need.
Best for Gamers: Gunnar Intercept
If you’re a Call of Duty addict, these are the glasses you need. The dark amber-tinted lenses protect your eyes during all-nighter campaigns, a silicone coating prevents scratches, and the ergonomically balanced frame means you never have to let go of the controller.
Best Budget Option: TruVision Readers
Do you love the simple, rectangular black frame look? Do you love deals even more? Amazon blue light blocking glasses might be for you. You can snag a two-pack of these easy readers for $30 on Amazon. For even more budget options, head over to our brother site, Digital Trends, which has a list of deals on computer-reading glasses.
Best for Improving Sleep: Gamma Ray Optics Orange Glasses
Constant exposure to blue light can affect your sleep schedule. These orange-tinted glasses that block out 97% of blue light can help improve your sleep. Say good riddance to restless nights after facing a screen for long hours. You’ll wake up feeling more well-rested than before and ready to tackle the day. These affordable glasses come with a case and cleaning cloth and it doesn’t compromise quality.
Best for General Computer Use: J+S Vision Blue Light Shield Glasses
If you find yourself browsing on your computer for hours, you’ll need these classic pair of blue-light-blocking glasses by J+S Vision. These glasses can help improve your productivity by lessening headaches and eye strain caused by blue light. They are also suitable for light gaming and computer reading. The low color distortion lens that blocks 90% of blue light also gives you a clearer view. The last thing you want is to be distracted by heavily tinted glasses.
Best for Compliments: Taylor Blue Light Round Glasses
Work from home sounded great until it’s 11 p.m. and you’re still working because you chose to do your laundry during the workday. You don’t need to strain your eyes during the wee hours anymore thanks to these blue-light-blocking glasses. The best part? They are super stylish (and affordable) so you are sure to get a ton of virtual compliments.
The Background on Blue Light
Blue light comes hard at all of us through everyday devices such as LED and fluorescent bulbs, computer monitors, smartphone, and tablet screens, and even things like cash register consoles. Is blue light bad? Well, it’s not that simple. The short wavelength and higher energy quotient of blue light are great for boosting alertness, aiding memory and cognitive function, and even elevating mood — all fantastic benefits, unless you’re trying to wind down and get some rest. The problem arises when overexposure to blue light (especially at night) begins to disturb the wake and sleep cycle, leading to problems sleeping and daytime tiredness. Over time, overexposure to blue light can lead to fatigue, sore or irritated eyes, difficulty focusing, and even age-related macular degeneration.
Yes, as the skeptics will tell you, sunlight contains more blue light than any man-made device. However, sunlight contains an equal measure of all the other colors of light in the spectrum, whereas the blue light is turned way, way up on our screens to deliver a bright, crisp image. Moreover, while sunlight reaches us indirectly and from a distance, we tend to stare directly at the blue light from our screens, at quite close range. All this accounts for why blue-light-blocking glasses have achieved explosive popularity since they came on the market.
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