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Felix Gray computer glasses

If everything were up to me, I would live in an enchanted treehouse in a forest, where I would never need to encounter an electronic device. But this is not my reality. Enter Felix Gray glasses

Felix Gray Best Glasses for Screens

Though I do my very best to limit screen time, this is 2019, and screens cannot be avoided. Nearly every day consists of the eight-hours-at-work computer time, punctuated with reading texts and articles. If your job consists of looking at a computer, some amount of screen time is simply necessary. Here I am, looking at a screen at the office.

The Best Glasses for Screens

And here I am, looking at a screen in my home. So many screens. It’s like mission control, but not nearly as cool.

Over the last year, I found myself having occasional dizziness, headaches or even slightly blurry vision. As it turns out, the blue light from screens can cause eye strain, which manifests as these pesky symptoms. It can also cause more serious problems down the road. One third of Americans spend at least eight hours a day — that’s 3,500 hours a year — staring at glowing boxes. (Case in point: You are currently reading this… on a screen.) So, unless we’re all moving to that glorious treehouse, shouldn’t we find a way to protect our eyes while at work?

The Best Glasses for Screens

That’s where Felix Gray comes in. Their lenses use proprietary technology to filter blue light and reduce glare. I’ve fallen in love with a bunch of their frames, which in addition to being helpful tools, are also excellent accessories.

Here are my three favorite styles. I asked our team which ones I should choose, and it was a toss-up, so I need you to weigh in! Which ones do you like best? (Pictured above, from left to right: Faraday in Panorama, Nash in Whiskey Tortoise, Hopper in Manhattan Fade.)

The Best Glasses for Screens

Felix Gray glasses are available with both prescription and non-prescription lenses, because all eyes deserve protection. Their optical lenses are virtually clear, so they look and feel just like regular eyeglasses, and are perfect for a day at work.

The Best Glasses for Screens

I’ve been wearing them every day and have noticed a big difference. I no longer get that light-headed feeling at the end of the workday — where I feel like all I can do is unproductively stare at the wall — and since I started wearing them, I’ve been sleeping much better at night.

Felix Gray offers free shipping and free returns on all orders, and the glasses are HSA/FSA eligible. If you find yourself in front of a screen, I definitely recommend them. Thank you, Felix Gray!

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Felix Gray, a brand we love. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Megan says...

    Hopper!

  2. D says...

    Echoing the others, I asked my optometrist about blue-filter glasses and she also does not recommend them, but recommends the same 15-15-15 or 20-20-20 method others mentioned. That and flux do a good job, for free.

  3. Ellie says...

    My current pair of glasses has a coating to protect your eyes from screens, but it creates a sort of purple glare – both that I can see and that others can see (depending on the lighting that I’m in). I’ve just figured that this a price to pay for protecting my eyes, even thought I hate it. Does this brand not have that?

    • Hey Ellie! We appreciate your question. Our lenses are different because unlike other glasses which just have a blue light filter coating on the lenses, we use a proprietary process to embedded the blue light filter into our lenses when we make them. Because of this there is no blue reflection on our lenses, nor will there be any color distortion when looking through them. While there’s going to be some glare with any kind of lens that has an anti-reflective coating, the glare will be significantly less with ours!

  4. Nina says...

    I like Hopper on you the most and then Faraday. The middle are too dark for my liking. But of course you look beautiful in all.

  5. Sydney says...

    After glancing at my screen my boyfriend just asked “is that half Angelina Jolie half Tina Fey?”. I believe it was in reference to the Nash style pic!

  6. alice says...

    Nash and Lionel Ritchie :)

  7. N Rogers says...

    Hopper (but they all look good)

  8. Linda Z says...

    I loved the dual toned Hopper! They look so great on you!

  9. Cassidy says...

    Thanks for the post Caroline! Just ordered my own pair :)

  10. Hopper, hands down!

  11. Joy Bela says...

    You have Tina Fey vibes in those glasses and I am loving it! xoxo

  12. Karen Woy says...

    Hopper is my choice,but they do all look good on you!

  13. Kelly says...

    In addition to this – the f.lux app is AMAZING for reducing eye strain.

    It adjusts the colors on your laptop away from blue light and makes a huge difference for me.

    https://justgetflux.com

    • Alex H. says...

      Kelly – a quick note of gratitude. Lately I have been feeling the strain, after reading your comment I downloaded the desktop app. WOW – what a difference my eyes are immediately not straining. THANK YOU for sharing!

  14. Mrs. M says...

    Definitely the Harper. But I might be biased because my current glasses look a lot like those (more of a cat-eye though, naturally ;) ).

  15. Veronika says...

    Hopper! But of course you look beautiful with everything :)

  16. Meg says...

    Caroline, you look so gorgeous! I would love to know where your various gold bracelets are from — such a great stack!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you so much! In my daily stack, I always wear the “woman cuff” from Camille D. Jewelry and a tiny cuff with a dagger on it (sadly, no longer available) from Verameat, paired with beaded bracelets from Satya.

  17. Julie says...

    I LOVE THEM, TO ALL READERS, GO BUY THESE NOW. I now tell college grads when they start their big kid jobs, these are my two tips:
    1. buy felix grays
    2. find a workout routine that works for you and don’t sacrifice it

    Also, enjoyed seeing all these styles, I have a work pair, but am considering a pair to leave at home. I forgot my felix’s the other day and omg it hurt to even look at a screen.

  18. I have to go with the Hopper as well! So chic.

  19. Carly says...

    I vote Faraday!

  20. Steffi says...

    I am an ophthalmologist (Germany) – go see an eye doctor / optometrist with these symptoms, uncorrected refractive errors cause the same problems…

  21. Abby says...

    I love the Hopper most, but I think the Nash will be a pair you could have forever and never go out of style.

  22. Rachel says...

    Just bought these solely because I could pay with my HSA! Since I’m pretty healthy and don’t have kids, I sometimes struggle to spend everything in my HSA account.

    So excited to try these!

  23. Nina says...

    Optometrist here (in Belgium) are urging people to be careful with blue light filtering glasses… they filter the blue light from your screen but also from everywhere else constantly, which ~might~ have more effects than you bargained for. I don’t think there is any concrete (scientific, independent, etc…) proof whether wearing blue light filtering glasses do/don’t help counteracting the effect of screentime (and some of the effects you’re listing are also more generally related to working with screens because e.g. your eyes are focusing on the exact same distance hours on end) so yeah anyway, unless you really feel like it’s specifically the screen’s light that is giving you trouble and if any of the free blue light filtering apps don’t work for you, maybe spend your money elsewhere :D (Working in life sciences, it’s easy for me to get worked up about oversimplifying problems but hey a little independent research never hurt anyone.)

    • Christina Davis says...

      All very good points! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    • Monica says...

      Thank you for this input!

    • Alex says...

      Yes! As a lighting designer and researcher I too would be cautious about this magic cure. Filtering blue-light all the time would in theory have negative consequences on circadian rhythm. Part of the issue with screen time is not just the blue light but rather that we are staring at luminous objects that give off light (across the color spectrum). In the “natural” world we are looking at reflected light on objects (unless we’re staring at the sun or a fire). Even moonlight is reflected light.
      Promoting a product is great until you start touting pseudo-scientific reasoning without proper studies being cited. All 3 pairs look great on you though. :)

    • Erin says...

      I’ve never had a good feeling about filtering all blue light during the day because I suspect it could have unintended circadian consequences. So, I use F.lux to filter blue light on just my laptop screen and, after dark when I want to watch tv, I use some inexpensive blue blockers. And I do eye “stretches” after using a screen for awhile and practice wide/distance viewing outside and peripheral viewing (I just saw an interesting article linking lack of peripheral vision use to overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system, which most of us *don’t* need more of!).

  24. Emily says...

    Where is your leopard shirt from? Love it!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! It’s by Equipment, and I found it at Nordstrom Rack a couple years back. But they always have a leopard shirt as part of their permanent collection.

  25. Charlotte W says...

    100% Hopper in Manhattan Fade ! Great glasses and so suit you.

  26. Julia says...

    Hopper! Love those!
    (And side note, love your tops! Mind sharing where you bought them?)

  27. Ann says...

    Hopper! I need these. Great photos.

  28. Jojo says...

    I’m bummed. I wish they offered progressive lenses!

  29. Ariane says...

    Can you do a story about Caroline’s hair? so jealous! what products do you use??

  30. rach says...

    yes! I got cheap $6 media shield glasses on amazon when starting at a job (dispatcher) that required me to stare at a computer far too often, and they SAVED me. I swear by them.

  31. Jennifer says...

    I like the frames in the middle photo. I’m definitely going to check out this brand- I have a new prescription abs recently ordered contacts but not new glasses!

  32. Melanie says...

    Hopper

  33. Sheila says...

    Please tell me your necklace says “Maximalist”.

    • Steph Gilman says...

      Hopper in Manhattan Fade looks lovely on you! 👌🏼

    • Courtney says...

      Haha! It might say “feminist”. I can’t quite tell.

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Indeed, it says “Feminist,” but “Maximalist” is a great idea!

  34. Sarah K says...

    You look lovely in all of them. But I’d pick Hopper!

  35. Amy says...

    I love all of them on you…but Nash is my favorite. Hard to beat that classic look.

    • Jax says...

      Agree — Nash! But you look good in all of them.

    • Abby says...

      Yes for the Nash!

  36. Tovah says...

    How are these Felix Grays for selfies? (No joke!) My current glasses (by Salt) have blue blocking lenses, but they reflect screen light terribly in selfies, photos etc. I do a lot of work on Skype and clients cannot see my eyeballs when I wear these glasses! Wondering if that’s a universal thing or just my particular kind of lens.

  37. Sharon says...

    Hopper is my pick! Love this post. So timely

  38. Cyn says...

    Wondering what Caroline’s necklace says…

    Team Hopper in Manhattan Fade

  39. M says...

    Nash looks great on you, Caroline–sophisticated in an understated way!

  40. I had to switch to bifocals/progressive lenses at the age of 29 and was not amused when the tech at the eye doctor told me that “people your age don’t usually need these.” Uh, thanks?

    I wish I could buy normal glasses because the hoppers are adorable on you!

    • Samantha says...

      I had bi-focals when I was 9, don’t feel bad :)
      my optometrist tells me every year that I have “a very complicated prescription”

  41. E says...

    Hey Caroline! I’ve worn glasses since 4th grade, they’re my go-to accessory, and I’m super picky, so I thought I’d weigh in. These all look GREAT on you but I especially love the Hopper in Manhattan Fade frames!

  42. Nose says...

    I need someone with a low nose-bridge to try out these glasses and tell me how comfortable they are! In my experience, most glasses like these are made for high-bridge folks with narrower faces

    • Julie says...

      Some brands do a modified version (for example in sunglasses I know Karen Walker do a second fit) but also I have bought glasses from Firmoo which is based in I think Korea and a lot of their glasses like this also have adjustable nose pads, not just the molded plastic ones. Another pro tip is these cheap little ear things from ebay that hook on to your glasses – mine are lifesavers! Even keep my glasses on my head when I’m upside down and sweaty. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Temple-Hook-Tip-Glasses-Spectacles-Ear-Grip-Anti-Slip-Non-Holder-silicone-hold/281796526304?hash=item419c61c0e0:m:mEdyTf3n22CmDznmyF1efkg

    • Zoe P. says...

      I have the Jemison in black which was at the time their biggest frame (gotta balance out my round face!) I have high cheekbones with lots of cheek + a low nose bridge. They rest on my nose AND my cheeks (inevitable) but I don’t mind, I still think they’re cute and they work for me. I’ve oddly always wanted to wear glasses bc I think they’re cute so now I get to! https://shopfelixgray.com/eyeglasses/jemison/black

  43. Katrina says...

    Hopper!!! They’re perfect on you, but so are all of the other ones.

  44. Michelle says...

    This post was well timed as between work and dissertation writing I’m staring at screens all the time! Any promo codes to share? I’m ready to order!

    • Courtney says...

      If you’re looking for other solutions, I downloaded iflux on my computer and love it. You can also add it to your phone. It’s free. You set the time one and your working hours so that it fades out blue light the hours and duration you want. You can always disable it if you want to (sometimes I need to see all the colors for a few hours); otherwise having it on is much easier to look at than a regular screen, especially early in the morning! I’d highly recommend it.

    • Courtney says...

      Whoops, I meant “f.lux”, not iflux. A few other people here mention it. I is really nice!

    • Kelly says...

      I use f.lux night and day – and during the day I have it adjusted to what are normally evening colors. Makes a huge difference for me.

  45. Erin G. says...

    Team Hopper! That fade is great.

    (Also having blue light eye issues and found this enjoyable and timely – like pretty much everything you all post.)

  46. Pam says...

    Faraday! They look great on you.

  47. Ro says...

    Any chance Felix Gray will be offering your readers any promotions in the future? $95 seems a bit steep for non-prescription glasses.

    • Mel says...

      True…..but I just want to jump in as someone who ordered her first pair 2 year ago and otherwise has ‘perfect eyes’. When you look at the per day cost (and i’m on 24 months of wearing them 5 days a week almost 8 hours a day) it’s so much less then a pair of trendy jeans or shoes you wear occasionally. These have seriously helped my dry eyes, headaches and ‘eye tiredness’ I used to get at the end of the night and I would order again in a heartbeat.

  48. Lizzie says...

    Hi lovely ladies,

    May I suggest for now keeping your money and instead implementing some simple changes in your routine such as avoiding screens just before bed and taking regular breaks whilst you work at a screen? It is thought that most issue around screens is from not blinking regularly enough and perhaps too much screen time just before bed.

    Scientific evidence for blue-light filtering glasses is pretty limited.
    Check out this write up from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for a basic explanation
    https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/should-you-be-worried-about-blue-light
    “taking preventive measures against blue light even though there is no evidence of damage could be more harmful than the blue light itself”.

    The hyperlinked “more serious problems” article is perhaps a bit of a misinterpretation of the research. Have a look here for some clarification from the AAO
    https://www.aao.org/eye-health/news/smartphone-blue-light-is-not-blinding-you

    In the future, evidence may be found to support the use of these glasses. If you’re interested, follow along here for a Cochrane systematic review looking into this intervention. It’s currently only in protocol stage but hopefully some findings will released once it’s complete.
    https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD013244/full

    • Bonnie says...

      Interesting! Thanks, Lizzie! Good to see my eye doc’s 20-20-20 method to help prevent eye strain discussed in the link.

    • Megan RK says...

      Thanks for commenting Lizzie – I’ve also read the evidence is scant but seeing your links here in one place is so helpful. In my own life eliminating screens for at least 30 mins before bed works for me.

    • Jen says...

      Great links. I agree that it is worth researching in more depth.
      I decided not to get the blue light blocking lenses after reading more articles and once I realized that they caused a slight yellow cast. For my line of work, it’s important to see colors as accurately as possible. I am not sure if all brands have this issue, but it makes sense since they block blue light!
      I do use and like the f.lux app because the blue light feels harsh on my eyes at night.
      If you wear glasses full-time, it may be worth asking your eye doctor about computer glasses with a lesser prescription. I am near sighted, so I do not need as much correction for viewing things in close range. My normal glasses were technically stronger than they needed to be if I was just going to be working at a screen for extended periods of time. It may help reduce eye strain to have a prescription specifically for the computer.
      Lastly, can we discuss posture? I feel like muscle tension from my sometimes poor posture is also a contributer!

    • Rebecca says...

      Thank you! Great comment.

    • Amy says...

      Thanks for posting these! It is frustrating when companies try to profit from and perpetuate the misinterpretation of data. Taking breaks from screens is not only free but can also benefit our physical and mental health as well. :)

    • Lauren says...

      Thank you <3 I feel like these niche glasses solutions companies (this one, Warby Parker, Ace & Tate, etc) are coming up with ways to solve "unsolved problems" (like an above commenter I use a software program to adjust my computer's blue light settings) in order to keep charging high prices for glasses frames, and then getcha later on in the process with higher than expected lens costs. Pretty much all glasses frames are made by just a couple different manufacturers, and the quality doesn't differ from low to high price points — trendy brands just charge the higher price points bc they can. In this respect, I love Zenni Optical! Ya'll ought to check 'em out :)

  49. Samantha says...

    f.lux is amazing for blue light! and the slow transition is amazing, so you don’t really notice the color change if you’re working late.

    I have the blue light filter on all my Warby Parker lenses and definitely notice a difference on days I wear contacts. Now if only the kindle paperwhite would have a blue light filter….

  50. Greta says...

    I like the Faraday on you!

  51. Janelle says...

    Love the animal print shirts! Where are the leopard and tiger print button up from? Will also check out the glasses, I’m looking for a new pair especially ones that reduce blue light.

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Thank you! The leopard print shirt is from Equipment, found at Nordstrom Rack a few years back, but they always offer one as a standard part of their collection. And the tiger print shirt is from Reformation. It’s technically a pajama top, but I bought it fully intending to wear it as a shirt and have been doing so ever since.

  52. JO says...

    Came here for a refresher on how to cook Shrimp with Feta. Ended up gazing at and reading about Caroline’s adorable glasses. You guys are the most enjoyable one-stop shop on the web :).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a cute note:) thanks, jo.

  53. Haley says...

    My eye doctor told me a “15-15-15” rule for looking at a computer screen all day: Every 15 minutes, you look at something 15 feet away (or more) for 15 seconds.

    It can also reduce your dizziness, headaches, etc. My glasses have the filter technology mentioned, but this helps even more. And it helps my sanity :) Basically the eyes can’t handle the strain of looking at a screen for hours on end!

    • Amy says...

      Thank you Haley! That’s easy to remember!

  54. Heather says...

    Are they related to Warby Parker? I have Warby Parkers in that “whiskey tortoise” color (and LOVE them!) but that seems like such a unique hipstery color name and I’m surprised to see it on another glasses site.

  55. Angiolina Carr says...

    Hi Caroline. Please can you let me know where your Lionel Richie t-shirt is from? Thank you

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Hi Angiolina! This one is vintage, purchased from a shop in Brooklyn. But I’d suggest looking on Etsy — they often have a good selection of vintage t-shirts!

  56. Katie says...

    This is so timely for me! I have been experiencing the same symptoms and was just Googling around last night trying to see what I can do about it. Thank you!

  57. Louisa says...

    I love that they’re named for scientists and mathematicians; love even more that they have one for Grace Hopper (and they look just like her glasses)! Wish there was a Noether and a Goodall :)

  58. ellen says...

    As an eyeglass/contact lens wearer x’s 50+ years,definitely the
    Hopper in Manhattan Fade:)

  59. janee says...

    Nash and Hopper, emphasis on Hopper.

    Also, consider adding the app f.lux to your bag of tricks – it automatically adjusts blue light with amber light in based upon the time of the day. So if you’re reading late at night, for example, it will adjust for that so that you’ll still be able to fall asleep.

    https://justgetflux.com

    • KONSTANTINA HRYSANTHAKOPOULOU says...

      Yes! I have this adjusted on my laptop. Every night at 10pm (until 7.30am) the blue light fades away and the amber light adjusts.

  60. Rachel Adrianna says...

    How cool! Would their frames fit a larger head, though? I am constantly having to purchase men’s frames because women’s frames never fit correctly. (I vaguely remember Joanna posting something about Alex asking for a large helmet for her once because she has a “large head for a woman” :))

    • Jessica says...

      I have a large head and really like Izipizi reading glasses.

    • Tovah says...

      Do you know the numbers-on-the-inside-of-the-frame trick? Eyeglasses do have sizes, and they’re printed on the inside of one of the arms of your glasses. Each number is a specific measurement (bridge, width, etc) of the frame. So if you have a pair handy that fits you well, you just need to match or approximate the same numbers and you should be good to go!

    • Nicole says...

      I’ve had that problem in the past ! Now, I wear glasses by Salt–pretty and they still fit my crazy-giant head (we are not a one-size-fits-all hat kind of family).

  61. Amy says...

    Manhattan Fade!
    I don’t love the feeling of wearing sunglasses (and don’t wear prescription glasses) so I’ll probably stick with my F.lux app on my computer to filter out blue light for me, but this is a genius idea! I’m so glad that Apple has started warming up their iPhone screens in the evenings (I’ve adjusted mine to extra-warm and just switch it off if I need to edit a photo or something).