Best Blue Blocking Glasses

Confused about which blue-blocking glasses you should buy?

We’ve scientifically tested over 60 pairs to narrow down the best of the best so you don’t have to keep pulling your hair out and deciding which company to trust.

How We Did Our Testing

We used our lab-grade spectrometer to take readings of a full spectrum light source before and after each lens was placed over the spectrometer.

This gave us the ability to compare each pair of glasses apples to apples.

So what did we compare? Two important things…

Reducing Circadian Light

While most glasses claim they block “50% of green light” or “99% of blue light“, these claims are rather vague…

So we improved them!

Instead, we decided to use Circadian Light Reduction.

This is a metric developed by the LHRC that uses a complex weighted algorithm to determine how biologically impactful a light spectrum is to your circadian rhythm.

Since not all blue light or green light is equally impactful to the suppression of melatonin, it’s much better to use this weighed scale to determine what kind of impact a pair of blue blockers may have.

You can read more about circadian stimulus here.

Reducing Lux or Brightness

Lux is basically a measurement of how visually bright a light source is.

Generally speaking, the more circadian light you block, the “darker” your environment will appear.

BUT.

This is not always the case.

Since the light that suppresses melatonin is different than the light that we are most visually sensitive to, some lenses can block similar amounts of circadian light but differ vastly in how dark they make the environment seem.

For example, the two lenses below each block around the same amount of lux at 8%.

felix gray clear blue blockering glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
gunnar optiks yellow blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after

However, one clearly blocks more blue light, to the tune of 20% more circadian light.

If you’re doing color-sensitive work or don’t want to distort the color of your environment, choose a lens with lower lux reduction.

However, if you are sensitive to light or will be in a very bright environment late at night, a higher lux reduction will be useful, since reducing overall lux or brightness is really a proxy for how much light is getting through the lenses.

And in general, the more like you block, the less melatonin you’ll suppress.

Which Blue Blocker Lenses to Pick

When it comes to blocking blue light at night, you’ve got three main categories to choose from:

Yellow Lenses

These block most of the blue light while letting through almost all of the green light.

graphic of yellow blue blockers

Examples of what yellow lenses let through:

ra optics daylight blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
truedark yellow blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after

These lenses are great if you know you’ll have to drive somewhere at night and still need to see very well, or if you’re doing color-sensitive work and don’t want to distort colors too much.

Pros

  • Doesn’t distort colors much, making them more visually comfortable than amber or red lenses.
  • Can be used safely while driving at night.

Cons

  • Let through a significant portion of green light which can still suppress melatonin.
  • Still allow some blue light to shine through as well.

Amber Lenses

These are great middle-grounds that cut down on most blue and green light.

graphic of amber Blue Blocking glasses

Examples of what amber lenses let through:

swanwick amber blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
okany blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after

These lenses are the best all around for color clarity and blue light-blocking abilities.

These are really the best of both worlds if you don’t have to drive anywhere and just need a pair for out on the town or at home.

Pros

  • Cuts down on more than 90% of melanopic blue and green light. light.
  • By letting in some green light, color clarity is still much better than red lenses.

Cons

  • Let some green light through which can still suppress melatonin in some sensitive people.
  • Some amber lenses let through small amounts of blue light.
  • A bit too dark and color-degrading for driving.

Red Lenses

Red lenses don’t let any blue or green light through.

graphic of red Blue Blocking glasses

Examples of what red lenses let through:

truedark classic red blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph glasses spectrum before and after
dewalt red laser glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after

These lenses are a must-buy if you find yourself very sensitive to blue/green light.

Anyone with sleep phase disorders or insomnia should consider using red lenses at night to avoid delaying melatonin secretion.

These are also a good pick for anyone looking to fully maximize their sleep quality.

Pros

  • The most effective lenses at blocking circadian stimulating light.

Cons

  • The significant reduction in lux can make it hard to see in dim rooms.
  • Everything is going to look like a shade of red.

The Best Blue Blockers

Without further ado! Here are our recommendations:

Best Yellow Blue Blocker

A pair of yellow blue blockers are perfect for cutting down on circadian light without diminishing colors too much.

TrueDark Daylights

truedark daylights

These will give you a pretty sizable reduction of over 50% of circadian light, while still retaining amazing color rendering.

What do they block?
truedark yellow blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
  • Circadian Light: 58.4%
  • Lux: 18.5%

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TrueDark Daylight Fitovers

truedark daylight fitovers

The same as the others! These just fit over glasses.

What do they block?
truedark yellow blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
  • Circadian Light: 58.4%
  • Lux: 18.5%

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Best Amber Blue Blockers

Here are our picks for the best amber-colored blue blockers around!

Infield Terminators

infield terminator product photo

These are my favorite budget amber blue blockers!

With the wraparound format, they effectively block all blue light and much of the green, and don’t look half bad either!

What do they block?
infield terminator blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
  • Circadian Light: 98.6%
  • Lux: 66.1%

TrueDark Gradient

truedark Fairlane Gradient

These unique lenses block more light at the top, and less at the bottom, which is really what you need!

These are probably my favorite “social” blue blockers.

What do they block?
truedark sunset blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
  • Circadian Light: 95.7%
  • Lux: 74.8%

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EyeKeeper Fitovers

eyekeeper fitover product photo

If you’re looking for a pair of amber blue blockers to wear over your prescription glasses, these are a great choice!

What do they block?
eyekeeper fitovers amber blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
  • Circadian Light: 97.4%
  • Lux: 56.1%

Best Red Blue Blockers

Here are our favorite red lens blue blockers, perfect for insomniacs and biohackers alike!

TrueDark Twilight Classics

TW Classics front

These lenses by TrueDark are the ultimate blue blocker. The best we tested.

Grab these if you’re looking for some glasses that’ll knock you out no matter where you are!

What do they block?
truedark classic red blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph glasses spectrum before and after
  • Circadian Light: 99.9%
  • Lux: 92.8%

Use coupon code OPTIMIZE for 10% off!

DEWALT Laser Safety Glasses

dewalt red laser glasses

My go-to budget red lens blue blocker recommendation.

These let through a little more yellow light than the TrueDarks, which makes it a little easier to see stuff.

What do they block?
dewalt red laser glasses spectral power distribution graph before and after
  • Circadian Light: 99.8%
  • Lux: 86%

TrueDark Twilights Fitovers

truedark twilight fitovers

If you’re looking for a pair of lense blue locking glasses that will fit over your glasses, look no further!

What do they block?
truedark classic red blue blocking glasses spectral power distribution graph glasses spectrum before and after
  • Circadian Light: 99.9%
  • Lux: 92.8%

Use coupon code OPTIMIZE for 10% off!

And that’s it for our recommendations! Hopefully, you’ve found your pair!

If not, check out our extensive blue blocker database where you can sort through over 30 of the best blue blockers on the market!

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6 Comments

  1. hi Derek absolutely brilliant work you’re doing in the biohacking space, I have been using uvex blue blocking safety glasses for years and find them working well but wondering if you have tested them and what the circadian and lux rating was on them. also I’m having some light come from underneath the glasses and trying to engineer something too stop that from happening not sure if it’s a big deal if a little bit of light comes from underneath the glasses or not. would appreciate your thoughts and thank you

    1. Hey Christian! Thanks for the comment.

      I have tested the UVEX Skyper which can be found in the Blue Blocker Database, I’m not sure if you have a different pair but that’s the only UVEX glasses I’ve tested as of right now.

      A little light coming from underneath probably isn’t too big of a deal, however different people have different responses to light at night. One thing to keep in mind is that exposure to a lot of bright light during the day can help offset the negative effects of any light at night. But if it really bothers you there are some glasses that might fit better like the Infield Terminators for example.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Hi, what’s your opinion on the Avulux glasses? if you look at the chart you posted it looks like a W shape (unlike all the other charts) and on their website they claim to filter out only very specific lights that are harmful, do you think they have something unique that’s worth looking into?

    1. They are definitely a unique optical blend! I found that they seem to just make things feel a little warmer and green pops quite a bit more. It’s a very pleasant view.

      My wife wrote up a bit more about them in this article, seems like they could help with light sensitivity and photophobia without drastically changing the way the world looks.

      1. Thank you for replying!
        I wonder how much they would help with the circadian rhythm since they focus more on helping photophobia. Am I better off with typical blue blockers at night, and then by day, I can wear the evulux?
        I checked out your content and I really find it interesting and subscribed to your channel. Thank you.