Anti Blue Light Sunglasses | Ultimate Guide
You wake up in the morning, stretch, and turn off your phone alarm. Boom! You just got a little burst of blue light. You head to the kitchen to make breakfast and turn on the light as you go. Boom! The strip lighting sends your irises into a tailspin. Finally, you sit in front of your computer screen, open your emails and get to work. Boom... alright you get the idea. Even more blue light.
Blue light is everywhere. And even if it’s not all bad (on some parts of the spectrum it is actually beneficial!), in this technological age we are overexposed to artificial blue light. Digital eyestrain is lurking in the shadows. If you then add some outdoor screen time to the mix, your eyes are getting poked big time, with extra UV and glare.
In this article
- Outside blue light -why protect yourself?
- Do sunglasses protect against blue light?
- Which glasses to choose - is there even such a thing as blue light sunglasses?
- Should you wear anti-blue light glasses all the time?
Find out how using anti-blue light sunglasses can be useful to protect your eyes, even outdoors.
Outside Blue Light - Why Protect Yourself?
It’s impossible to avoid blue light, it’s all around us. Even opening your shutters in the morning (or afternoon if you’ve been up all night crying over Elden Ring) means you absorb a good dose of it.
Initially, it’s not too bad. Some blue light (between 450-500 nano meters) is essential for your wakefulness, or, in fancier terms (as Dr. Light would say), it’s beneficial for your circadian rhythm. There’s no need to block this light, as ultimately, it just wants to help you.
On the other hand, beyond this beneficial blue light lies the dangerous blue light (between 380-450 nanometers) and ultraviolet rays (beneath 380 nanometers).
Say you spend time outside on your mobile while waiting for the bus or walking down the street, or if you have the luxury of working from your laptop on a white sandy beach (alright for some).
In that case, there’s a good chance your eyes are receiving too much of this harmful blue light, plus UVs and nasty reflections that will massacre your corneas long term.
This is the recipe for ultimate eyestrain.
The most logical solution would be to suggest that you don’t look at screens outside.
But we are nice and we understand that’s not really viable. So we've tried to find another solution just for you to prevent bad eye strain.
Are Sunglasses Good for Blue Light Protection?
Yes and no.
Sunglasses are mainly designed to protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce glare. So, in that aspect, you’re normally covered.
But originally, there was no particular intention to include an anti blue light filter, simply because we didn’t know the harmful blue light effects until more recently.
As sunglasses block UV rays and just light generally, they do filter blue light to some extent. But as they aren’t targeting it directly, there isn’t specific protection against it.
Another issue with some sunglasses is their polarizing technology, which many pairs are equipped with today.
This is relevant as polarization allows glare reduction (especially near rivers or snow), but it prevents the good reading of digital screens. This is because it blocks a good part of the digital luminous flux, which you can test by turning your phone at certain angles and seeing if you can still see the screen. If you can’t, you have polarized glasses.
If you do, that means extra gymnastics to turn your phone the right way in order to see it.
Which Sunglasses to Choose - Is There Even Such a Thing as Blue Light blocking Sunglasses?
So, let’s get right to blue light sunglasses otherwise named blue blocker sunglasses. If you did a little Google search before finding this article, you probably would not have found much information on the topic.
That’s because this technology is straight out of Tony Spark’s laboratory (pun intended) and didn’t exist in sunglasses until we worked on it! It will be launched by Horus X for the summer of 2022! If you’re interested in looking cooler than the Man of Iron (no pun intended), you can register now on the form below to receive an exclusive preview.
This new technology protects you from UV, excessive luminosity in the summer and, of course, blue light. It’s the ultimate ally for the ultra-connected cyborg you are. Some may even say they are the ultimate sunglasses, full stop.
These sunglasses will be equipped with a unique advanced blue light lens with:
- 100% UV protection
- 100% of blue light filtration at 400 nanometers
- 95-100% of blue light blocked between 380-450 nanometers
- Anti-reflection and glare technology
The result : Less dry eye, headache, blurred vision, in other words, less digital eye strain when using electronic devices outdoors.
The frame is adapted from our flagship Horus X Gaming One glasses, which, with its unique ergonomic design, has already been approved by over 100,000 people worldwide.
The sunglasses will be ultra-comfortable, ultra-resistant (it’s made of polycarbonate - a material used in ballistic protection), and with the best protection on the market, combining UV, blue light, and reflections / glare protection with our lifetime warranty. The ultimate sunglasses to continue using your screens outdoors.
Check it out in its test phase with Paul one of our cofounders :
Can You Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses All Day?
You can but we don't think you should. At Horus X we like everything in moderation (except cake).
We advise you use blue light blocking glasses regularly when you use screens in order to relieve eye fatigue and prevent long-term harmful effects of dangerous UV and blue light exposure. It’s a little health insurance for your eyes in old age.
In small doses, blue light is not necessarily harmful, but repeated exposure, in poor conditions (i.e. when it's mixed with UV) poses far more risk.
We recommend wearing blue light filter glasses in these scenarios:
1. At work
This is essential when you’re staring at a digital screen all day. We spend so much time on our PCs and smartphones that they’ve become an extension of ourselves. We’re not completely bionic just yet (sadly), so until then, we need to protect ourselves from it.
Our recommendation: The Casual/Urban glasses. Horus X’s all-purpose eyewear that gives solid protection throughout the day. It’s one of the most powerful filters on the market for this level of transparency.
2. On the go
A good pair of sunglasses might do the trick. But if you spend a lot of time on your phone or PC outdoors, a classic blue light filter (which also filters out UV rays, albeit less so general luminosity) or sunglasses (for optimal protection) is recommended.
Our recommendation: Whilst waiting for the release of
God of War 2, I mean our Horus X anti-blue light sunglasses... (don’t forget to subscribe to the list below to receive a preview this summer), choose a pair with a rather brown tint. These generally guarantee better protection against potentially harmful blue light.
3. At bedtime
Using anti-blue light glasses in the evening is recommended as it helps prepare your brain for sleep. The glasses block the blue light, which prevents the production of melatonin, allowing you to fall asleep more quickly.
Our recommendation: The Gaming One Eyewear. These glasses have an amber tint that provides an ideal harmful blue light reduction, to facilitate falling asleep.
Final thoughts | Blue Light Sunglasses
Blue light is everywhere, a bit like the force (#starwars), except that here it represents the dark side. Fortunately, you have the means to protect yourself from it, whether you are inside or outside.
To receive the new Horus X sunglasses specially designed for sun and blue light, don't forget to register on the form in this article or feel free to contact us directly in the comments or via our contact form.