The Boom of Blue Light Glasses


Ellie Mueller, Reporter

Do you feel drowsy and dry eyed after sitting on a screen for an extended period of time? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. All digital screens have blue light rays, and unfortunately you can’t exactly avoid them. 

However, there are ways that you can limit the effects they have on your eyes using blue light blocking glasses. According to the Cleveland Clinic, blue light glasses “have specially crafted lenses that are said to block or filter out the blue light given off from digital screens. The lenses claim to protect your eyes from glare and can help reduce potential damage to your retina from prolonged exposure to blue light.”

With schools across the country moving their classes online, including Parkway Central, some students have invested in a pair. 

“I bought them because I thought they looked pretty cool and in quarantine I realized when I would use technology for long periods of time my eyes would begin to strain and with online school when sitting at my computer for so long I started to get headaches,” senior Eric Battle said. “I feel like they definitely help relieve some of that strain. The display doesn’t come across as bright and my head doesn’t seem to hurt when I’m wearing them so they definitely have made improvement.”  

So where can you find them? Emma Mueller, a freshman at University of Kansas bought hers online.

“I ordered them off of Amazon. They are the ‘ANRRI Blue Light Blocking Glasses’ and they were $25.95,” Mueller said.

For that price, Mueller received a glasses case, the actual glasses, and a slip of paper with an actual blue light she could use to see if they actually work. 

“They do make a difference. It has a yellow tint to them which tones out the blue and after wearing them every day for about a month I haven’t gotten headaches,.” Mueller said.

Can’t wait for an online order? You may be able to find them locally.

 “You can also find yourself a pair at the West County Mall Zumiez,” Battle said