Do blue light glasses really work? I wore them every day to find out

Though I spend most hours of my day staring at a screen, somehow, my vision is still 20/20. But my prolonged amount of screen time has had other detrimental effects on my overall health.

For starters, my sleep schedule has undoubtedly taken a hit. And on incredibly long workdays, I’ve started to experience painful headaches that force me to lay down and take a break.

So when I read about the benefits of blue light glasses, I was intrigued.

The idea behind this relatively new invention is to block the blue light that emits from your computer, TV and mobile device screens, which has been linked to poor sleep.

One study found that blocking blue light for two hours before going to sleep improved overall sleep quality. Blue light glasses are also supposed to help with eye strain – which I suspected was not helping the headaches I experienced.

Here’s what my work week with blue light glasses looked like. 

Day 1

Since I don’t wear glasses, finding a non-prescription pair of blue light glasses was easy and inexpensive – you can find them for less than $10 on Amazon.

Wearing the blue light glasses felt like slipping on sunglasses without the tint. I noticed that the light coming from my computer seemed less abrasive – even the lights in my apartment seemed softer.

Other than that, I didn’t see much of a difference during my first day wearing them.

Day 2

I decided to keep my glasses on during my workout since I usually cast it onto my TV.

They kept slipping off, so I had to give up on wearing them halfway through. I wore my glasses for the remainder of the day, but other than the dimmer lights I’d noticed the day before, I didn’t see much of a difference.

I forgot to test my glasses out in bed during the first night, so I made sure to wear them while I scrolled through my phone before bedtime.

Day 3 

I had hoped wearing my glasses before bed would improve my night’s sleep – but unfortunately, I didn’t notice much of a difference and woke up on day three feeling exhausted. Still, I pressed on with my experiment and wore them for the duration of my workday – which ended up being a long one.

By the end of the day, I was starting to feel discouraged that my purchase had been for nothing. 

Day 4 

By the fourth day, I did start to notice subtle benefits from wearing blue light glasses. I found myself squinting less, which made my eyes feel less tired. Because of this, I was able to get more done throughout workday number four.

I didn’t experience any headaches on day four –  and though my sleep wasn’t entirely restful, I saw significant improvement when it came to falling asleep faster.

Day 5

On my final workday wearing the blue light glasses, I was starting to feel like I had always worn them. I had no more headaches or even the telltale signs that one was about to happen, like aching and pain around my forehead or between my eyes.

The glasses were also helping with sleep. They weren’t a magic fix, but I did notice I was struggling less to fall asleep than I had been at the beginning of my experiment.

Based on the short-term benefits of my experiment, I’d recommend giving blue light glasses a try. If you find that your eyes have been feeling tired, you’re experiencing headaches or trouble sleeping, you may find that they help!