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Cheap goggles for blocking out blue light?

Asked on June 19, 2015
Created April 30, 2010 at 2:11 AM

After noticing a difference since installing the f.lux application, I'd like to buy a pair of amber goggles to block out blue light in the evenings.

I wear existing glasses so they have to fit over these.

Can't find anything appropriate on google.

Nothing too expensive, I'm a poor student!

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on August 01, 2012
at 05:17 PM

This is not a "fact" according to what I learned at med school! Melatonin production is only influenced by the light that goes through the eyes and hits the retina. Light that hits the skin do not influence the melatonin production at all. "Light/dark information reaches the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) via retinal photosensitive ganglion cells, intrinsically photosensitive photoreceptor cells," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin#In_mammals "Production of melatonin by the pineal gland is inhibited by light to the retina" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin#Light_dependence

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on February 28, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Not to mention the mental stimulation. Even with F-lux, monitor turned all the way down, and blue blockers, when I get on a roll, I'm hard-pressed to stop before trying to find the end of the interwebs. I could easily read a book I'm interested in until dawn if I don't stop myself.

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on February 28, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I ordered those too. My 2 year old does not approve of me wearing them, and as a result they get yanked off of my face pretty quickly, so I've been finding it more convenient to just put lower wattage amber light bulbs into some lamps around the house.

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on October 28, 2010
at 09:20 PM

I found that Cocoons and Eschenbach both will tell you have many nanometer their lenses block out depending on what color. http://www.eschenbach.com/subfamily_display.php?fid=5&sid=26 http://www.cocoonseyewear.com/sunwear/category.php?id=53 Cocoons says their orange lenses block 520 nanometer which blocks out 100% of blue light and they are cheaper. They sell them direct for 29.95 online for fitovers plus s&h. Maybe they would ship to UK. Eschenbach is a German company and you maybe able to find them in UK. Blue spectrum I believe is from 420nm to 470nm. Not all yellow and orange lens same nm

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on July 08, 2010
at 11:33 PM

Oops meant to put that they were a steal at $10

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on April 30, 2010
at 10:33 PM

Happen to know any that are a bit more... stylish?

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on April 30, 2010
at 02:01 PM

No worries :) took me ages to find them when I was looking, they don't seem to show up on google searches.

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on April 30, 2010
at 12:30 PM

Excellent, I emailed optical vision and the do fit over glasses. I'm also in Ireland so these are perfect.

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on April 30, 2010
at 04:45 AM

I'm looking for a pair as well. Nothing yet.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on April 30, 2010
at 09:51 AM

I have tried cheap blueblocking sunglasses from ebay and they only block about half the blue light. The Uvex or any from the US cost a fortune to import to the UK.

If you are in the UK or Europe this company is probably the cheapest that sells glasses that are actually effective. http://www.optimalowvision.co.uk/department.cfm?dept=20

I only found them after extesive searching. I have some blueblocking glasses from them that work well but I don't wear glasses so I don't know about the fitover ones. They do apparenty make me look like an alien...

Any pair that say 100% Blue light protection in the discription and have either orange, amber or red tinted lenses will work. For example:

http://www.optimalowvision.co.uk/product.cfm?ds=optima_content&prod=1018&dept=1006&cfid=3167325&cftoken=73627052

http://www.optimalowvision.co.uk/product.cfm?ds=optima_content&prod=923&dept=910&cfid=3167325&cftoken=73627052

I know what being a poor student it like...

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

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on April 30, 2010
at 12:30 PM

Excellent, I emailed optical vision and the do fit over glasses. I'm also in Ireland so these are perfect.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 30, 2010
at 10:33 PM

Happen to know any that are a bit more... stylish?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on April 30, 2010
at 02:01 PM

No worries :) took me ages to find them when I was looking, they don't seem to show up on google searches.

Ba63c7e94661dab9e244b751a87154c3

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on October 28, 2010
at 09:20 PM

I found that Cocoons and Eschenbach both will tell you have many nanometer their lenses block out depending on what color. http://www.eschenbach.com/subfamily_display.php?fid=5&sid=26 http://www.cocoonseyewear.com/sunwear/category.php?id=53 Cocoons says their orange lenses block 520 nanometer which blocks out 100% of blue light and they are cheaper. They sell them direct for 29.95 online for fitovers plus s&h. Maybe they would ship to UK. Eschenbach is a German company and you maybe able to find them in UK. Blue spectrum I believe is from 420nm to 470nm. Not all yellow and orange lens same nm

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on October 28, 2010
at 05:49 PM

Reading this thread, I decided to test a pair of Remington shooting glasses I have. They have amber-colored, plastic, wraparound lenses. After an initial adjustment of a couple of seconds, I find it quite calm to look at the screen. I am wearing them over my reading glasses.

They cost about $4 on sale at Walmart.

Here is a link to information about them:

http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/remington-t-10-true-jr-.html

...Lens Color: Amber - Increases visibility in low light and hazy conditions. Blocks blue light to help increase contrast and depth perception.

The better shooting glasses with the yellow lenses for shooting in bright light might be well worth testing if someone finds the less expensive ones not suitable.

Hope this helps a bit.

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on April 30, 2010
at 01:54 PM

Easy way to block out blue light is the f.lux application (which you have) + turning down the brightness of your computer. I have a laptop, so for mine I press and hold "Fn" and then press the down arrow key to turn it down. Very minimal light and I can get to sleep much quicker.

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on April 30, 2010
at 05:25 AM

Uvex makes saftey glasses that block out blue light. I believe that they make a pair that fits over glasses too. I bought mine online for about $9.00 (regular fit). In the "how do I hack my sleep?" thread there is a link to a source.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on February 28, 2012
at 11:37 PM

It's not just blue light hitting you eyes. It's the blue light hitting your skin that screws up the sleep notification signals. In fact it's probably mostly the effect on your skin that counts and not the effect on your eyes.

Also take a look at Robb Wolf's last blog post on sleeping and look at the intensities of various lights. Using your computer at night is orders of magnitude too bright. Glasses and f.lux are never going to make up for that.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 28, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Not to mention the mental stimulation. Even with F-lux, monitor turned all the way down, and blue blockers, when I get on a roll, I'm hard-pressed to stop before trying to find the end of the interwebs. I could easily read a book I'm interested in until dawn if I don't stop myself.

99eb949ec8aa07b74cbeca56df426fb4

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on August 01, 2012
at 05:17 PM

This is not a "fact" according to what I learned at med school! Melatonin production is only influenced by the light that goes through the eyes and hits the retina. Light that hits the skin do not influence the melatonin production at all. "Light/dark information reaches the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) via retinal photosensitive ganglion cells, intrinsically photosensitive photoreceptor cells," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin#In_mammals "Production of melatonin by the pineal gland is inhibited by light to the retina" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin#Light_dependence

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44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

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on March 03, 2015
at 02:10 PM

I recently picked up a pair of these stylish glasses. You might get a few weird looks, but they work well and don't cost a fortune (ie anything from lowbluelights.com). Plus, you can watch TV, check your cell phone and use normal lights and still limit the effect on your circadian rhythm! 

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

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on June 19, 2015
at 05:17 PM

 I believe these are the UVEX amber glasses everyone always mentions, still working great. And just to clarify, the stylish comment was a joke I wouldn't wear these in public :)

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on February 28, 2012
at 09:01 PM

wouldn't it be more to the point to just limit your TV and electronic use in the evenings? I have f.lux too and love it but i think if i need special sunglasses to sit on my couch and stare at the tv all night then blue light is not my real problem. - just playing devils advocate here...i watch tv all night long even though i use f.lux on my pc.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on July 08, 2010
at 11:32 PM

Got my uvex off amazon, dropped the extra $1 for the sporty pair with mirror finish

They are not fashion glasses tho, quite large

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on July 08, 2010
at 11:33 PM

Oops meant to put that they were a steal at $10

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on February 28, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I ordered those too. My 2 year old does not approve of me wearing them, and as a result they get yanked off of my face pretty quickly, so I've been finding it more convenient to just put lower wattage amber light bulbs into some lamps around the house.

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D3473d38e626a6e5ec691d3c8b0e2c74

on May 29, 2014
at 06:15 AM

I bought a pair of computer glasses from Taime(http://www.halovis.com), they claim that this eyewear can filter 97% of blue light. It's a little pricy but feel much better when staring in front of the computer.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:33 PM

Not necessarily for night TV use but I'm guessing you need the lights on to navigate safely round the house, and blocking that light out can be useful. also if you like to read.

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on February 28, 2012
at 04:42 PM

I've seen blue blocking glasses on eBay for just £4.99. They are sold by a seller called rodsnconesdotnet and he claims over 99% blue light blocking.

He's in the UK and the link is http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/rodsnconesdotnet

Hope that helps.

Cheers

Steve

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