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Do you use blue light filtering glasses?

I'm doing a poll to see how many Indiehackers use or don't use blue light filtering glasses. I do, and working late at night is much easier when I have blue light filtering glasses because I can fall asleep much faster with them compared to without them.

Do you use blue light filtering glasses?
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Sometimes
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    Technically, I wear red or yellow (depending on whether I'm about to go to sleep or just don't want to be prodded awake) laser safety glasses, since they're only about ten bucks to replace and catch most of the ambient light. But I'm calling that close enough...

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      That sounds interesting. Could you tell me what they're called/a link to them?

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        The price has almost doubled in price since I bought them a few years ago, and the yellow are either gone or a different brand, but these are what I've been using. My guess is that they're cheaper on industrial or scientific sites, but haven't checked.

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    I use it and It's been great! I used to get some eye swelling issue sometimes when spending too much time in front of the computer. Ever since I started using blue light filtering glasses, it's stopped. So I'm going to continue using it. I've tried the blue filter mode on my phone as well as some software on my computer that's supposed to do this to reduce the strain but nothing helped as much as this glasses.

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      That's awesome! I have had similar experiences. Which glasses do you use?

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        I have the one from Felix Gray.

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    Honest question - why use them if most modern devices have build-in "night-mode" that does basically the same thing? Just for convenience?

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      Sometimes it’s not enough. I tried it all. Blue-filter glasses are the only thing that helped with my migraines.

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        I see! Maybe I should them out as well

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      Great question. Use them because the bright lamps in your home also shine blue light which affect your sleep.

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      Largely because the rest of the world doesn't have a night-mode, including the television, LEDs on devices, the fridge light, any outdoor lights, the Moon, and so forth...

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        I don't understand, why would you want to block outdoor lights and the Moon? I thought people wear these glasses to protect their eyes from excessive blue light from device screens... blocking anything else seems like a great way to break your circadian rhythm, no?

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          The problem is (based on the limited science) blue light, not "blue light from computers." Wavelengths are wavelengths.

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            You didn't answer my question. WHY blue light is the problem for you? For me, it's a problem because it dissolves melanin on our eyes - the hormone that makes us sleepy. So I use night mode to not break my circadian rhythm when I am on the computer.

            Why would an OUTSIDE blue light be a problem for you?

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              I suspect that, if you don't already understand that blue light from headlights is the same as blue light from the television or PC, nothing I say is going to change your mind. It sounds like you want some pseudo-mystical argument from evolution, and...no, I'm not doing that. Photons are photons.

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    I always use them when on the laptop/phone.

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    I think I have the filter for that in my glasses but they suck — there’s this annoying sheen and aberration sometimes and new glasses will be without that

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      Oh, well you're in luck.

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    The kind I purchased had a card that you could shine a light through the lens and it would block the card from changing color but if you use any other type of lens it wouldn't block it and the blue light would make a blue blob on the card. So that specific type actually works to block the blue light that's the one you guys want.

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    I said sometimes because I don't always wear them but when I'm on the computer a lot and make sure teaism they're good investment if you get headaches.

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    I use software for this problem. On my PC I use f.lux and it is great 👍

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    My prescription glasses have blue light filtering built in :)

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