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What are Computer Glasses?

17.10.22

‘What are computer glasses, exactly?’ In this new digital age as our screen time continues to soar, computer glasses have become a staple product for protecting and preserving our eyesight.

After all, excessive exposure to the blue light that our devices emit isn’t doing our eyes any favours - and computer glasses are one of the only devices available to help us.

Are you still wondering ‘what are computer glasses?’ Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ve covered everything you need to know about computer glasses. Find out more below.

What is blue light?

To put it simply, blue light is a short, high-energy wavelength in the visible light spectrum. This electromagnetic spectrum is made up of wavelengths of varying lengths, seen as colours by the human eye. Every wavelength is represented by a different colour: violet, indigo, green, yellow, orange, red or blue.

Blue light is the highest frequency visible to the human eye. It is positioned at the top of the light spectrum and is very close to Ultraviolet light – well known for causing damage.

Blue light is natural and can be found everywhere. Sunlight is the main source and the way most people get exposed. The wavelength of blue light is very short, and due to its high energy, it scatters very easily when it meets air and water. This is why we can thank blue light for the colour of our sky.

High exposure to blue light from our electronic devices can cause issues such as eye strain and blurriness. In this ever-growing digital age, reducing our screen time isn’t a realistic solution for many of us - which is why computer glasses have become a popular solution.

What are Computer Glasses?

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s answer that popular question - ‘what are computer glasses?’

Computer glasses, otherwise known as blue light glasses, are a set of spectacles that are designed to be used when you’re using a device that releases blue light (such as a laptop, television, smartphone, tablet, etc.).

The glasses work by blocking the harsh blue-violet light that’s emitted from these electronic screens and boosting contrast to improve visibility for longer periods. These features help to mitigate its effects on our eye health, minimise eye strain, prevent or reduce headaches, and improve sleep.

What To Look For When Buying Computer Glasses?

When it comes to shopping for computer glasses, you might find the process a little overwhelming. After all, with so many features and designs available, it can be hard to navigate the market at times.

To make the process a little easier, we’ve listed a few tips below to make the process much easier - take a look!

1/ Blue Light Protection

This point might sound a little obvious, though it’s crucial to cover - one of the most important features to consider when purchasing computer glasses is their ability to filter blue light.

Especially if you’re sitting at your computer for long periods, you’re going to need a pair that’s able to effectively filter blue light where it counts. Exposure to blue light in the 415-450nm range of the visible light spectrum is what causes issues such as digital eye strain, so make sure you look for a pair of blue light glasses that filters down these wavelengths.

Instead of choosing a pair with a blue light filter as a surface layer or coating, consider a pair of specs with blue light pigment technology embedded right into the lens. Baxter Blue's expansive collection of Blue+ ™ blue-light glasses filter as much as 80% of the highest energy wavelengths to alleviate digital eye strain and eliminate glare. This enhances your digital viewing, and supports the health and wellbeing of your greatest assets – your eyes, your mind, and your body.

2/ Consider your face shape

Computer glasses aren’t only a practical accessory, they’re also a fashion statement. So, when it comes to choosing a pair of computer glasses, take a moment to consider which styles are going to look most flattering on your face shape.

Have you ever noticed that some styles of glasses look better on some people than others? This is largely due to the shape of their face. By understanding what shape your face is, you can choose a style of specs that best suits it.

There are many different face shapes, including oval, square, rectangle, diamond, and more. So, take the time to figure out what category you fall under and consider choosing your style accordingly.

3/ Everlasting styles

If you’d prefer to keep your computer glasses around for the long haul, consider investing in everlasting designs that won’t go out of style in the next year or so.

By chasing short trends and choosing obscure-styled glasses, you run the risk of limiting the fashionable lifespan of your specs.

Instead, go for ever-green styles that are going to stick around. You’ll likely use these glasses for much longer and will hence get more value from them.

When to wear Computer Glasses

One of the most common questions we hear is - ‘when should you wear computer glasses?’

As the name suggests, the best time to use computer glasses is whenever you’re working at a laptop or computer screen. Since these devices emit blue light, computer glasses will help to block these wavelengths and protect your eyesight.

That being said, this isn’t the only occasion you should wear your computer glasses. Since blue light is released from most digital screens or artificial light sources, you can also wear your computer glasses whenever you’re using your smartphone, tablet, or watching television.

If you find yourself working at your computer for long hours or unwinding at night on your tablet or television, you should consider investing in a set of computer glasses.

Computer Glasses by Baxter Blue

Are you on the hunt for a set of premium computer glasses? We’d suggest browsing the Baxter Blue range.

Our extensive range of computer glasses is designed to ease the symptoms of digital eye strain by eliminating glare and improving your viewing experience.

Unlike our competitors, our blue light filter isn’t a surface coating. Instead, the blue light pigment technology is embedded right into the lens - which means it can filter out up to 80% of the highest energy wavelengths that cause digital eye strain.

Shop online now and feel the difference for yourself.

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