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I posted a blog several months ago about the trend for blue-light filters for digital devices. There may not be a plethora of clinical studies to support the claim that blue-light filtering glasses and screen covers can reduce Digital Eye Strain (DES) and insomnia. However, the studies available show that blue-light may be linked to eye strain, macular cellular damage, and sleep cycle disruption. I decided to test the concept myself and purchased a pair of Felix Gray Computer Glasses for myself.
Why would I do this?
My annual eye exam revealed my vision was changing slightly, as is expected with “the natural aging process” according to my ophthalmologist. Yes, it is official…I have started to move items with small print various distances back and forth in front of my face trying to decipher what it reads. My ophthalmologist mentioned my concerns were more a result of DES than a need for increasing my lens magnification. I browsed through the various options at the store for coating my current prescription glasses (which are basically over the counter readers). The coating options available appeared to color the lenses, visibly darkening them. This made me worry about the permanent change to my glasses if I did not like it after they were coated. Who wants to wear sunglasses inside right? There were also various blue-light screen covers for my devices. These were expensive enough that I wanted to read reviews prior to purchasing.
Once home from my eye exam, I researched the screen covers more. My concerns were the mixed reviews with comments about how they changed the colors and clarity shown upon the screen, basically muting them. Having purchased the Apple MacBook Pro Retina and the iPad Pro Retina, I was not eager to reduce the enhanced graphics displays I had purchased. Thus, I continued my search. I found several websites and brands for blue-light glasses at various ranges of prices. I decided on the Fleix Gray Computer Glasses because of their positive reviews and the style options. They appeared to be high-quality glasses that did not look like the lenses are noticeably colored. Additionally, they offered non-readers, very mild magnification to reduce eye-strain, and magnified readers. I found a style that suggested it fitted smaller faces and purchased the reader version for my needs. Lastly, their customer support is fabulous- free shipping, free returns, and free exchanges. Thus, I felt confident in trying them out.
A box arrived with the glasses a few days after ordering them. Inside the package was a high-quality box that opened like a dresser drawer to reveal an equally nice and sturdy hard glasses case. Inside of that case was the glasses and a cleaning cloth. I took the glasses out and noticed the quality is equal to my prescription glasses. The frame is sturdy with strong hinges. The frame style is trendy and looked as depicted on the website. My favorite aspect is the lenses are virtually clear. There might be a very slight gray coloring, but it is not noticeable. I decided to start the trial.
The glasses are very comfortable on. I immediately liked the visual enhancements, remember I purchased magnified readers given, I had mild perception glasses I used prior. I did not notice any reduction in clarity or color on my various screens. I did notice there was less glare. The website indicates:
Glare creates unnecessary feedback that our eyes need to filter out. This causes stress on our eyes, but is easily prevented.
All our lenses have premium AR coatings (anti-glare) to prevent up to 99% of glare from entering our eyes.
I have worn the glasses for most of the day over the past few weeks, and I think their statement is true. I think I have had fewer headaches, and my vision is less blurry, especially when I am more tired. I don’t think my sleep issues have changed. However, I tend to work at my computer later at night after my children are finally asleep, and I often think about all I need to do the next morning while falling asleep. My challenges with immediate sleep might be more stress related than DES. I will be purchasing a pair of these for my daughter in college. I wish they made smaller versions for my other younger daughters because they attend 1:1 technology device schools. I can’t attest to other brands, the coating for prescription lenses, or the screen covers. This is definitely a concept that I believe warrants more research studies. I can only attest that I have noticed a reduction in eye strain, dry eye, headaches, and blurry vision while using these glasses. The amount of time spent viewing screens before the trial, and during the trial was consistent. I also find I wear them when reading traditional print as well in place of my other prescription readers. I am eager to read replies if any of you have tried any blue-light filtering products and your experience.