Anti-Glare Screen Protectors vs. Anti-Glare Glasses

Anti-Glare Screen Protectors vs. Anti-Glare Glasses

If you weren't aware already, the glare on your screens is a problem. Whether a laptop, TV, or phone, glare makes your screen harder to see and harms your eyes. using digital screens in highly lit areas almost without exception causes an increase in glare. An unfortunate consequence of this, the glare harms your eyes, but it also causes you to increase your phone's brightness. This also harms your eyes, if you've heard about the problems with artificial blue light. So, how do you fix it? Two solutions on the market offer glare relief: Anti-Glare Screen Protectors and Anti-Glare Glasses. Today we run down what each of the two technologies are, the pros, the cons, and an overall estimate of which one solves the problem better.

Anti-Glare Screen Protectors

These screen protectors are applied directly to your device. They reduce glare, and protect your screen from damage. They are effective and are always active. No need for an app, or accessory to make them work. One of the main drawbacks with these is that they lower screen quality. You pay a lot for high-quality screens. If you stream, watch, or play on the screens with glare problems, you want the quality you paid for. So, while these covers do work for their stated purpose, in addition to providing screen protection, they aren't perfect just yet. If you want screen protection in addition to anti-glare, and the reduction in quality does not concern you, Anti-glare screen protectors might be for you.

anti glare screen protectors for your phone



  • Attached to your device, always working
  • Does not change color of screen images
  • Makes screen appear less smudgy
  • Provides protection from scratches
  • Effective at reducing glare


  • Affects screen quality
  • Can make touch screen less sensitive
  • Requires a screen cover for every device to get protection

Anti-Glare Glasses

This accessory has grown in popularity in recent years. Like the screen protector, it also reduces glare. It brings with it the added fact, you'll be wearing glasses too. Glasses wearers, simply need to update their lenses to include glare protection. For non-glasses wearers, it depends on the context. For example, some need glare protection mostly when using devices outdoors in the sun. Sunglasses with glare protection exist, and they make it possible to use devices in sunny or bright places. The one drawback besides the necessity of wearing glasses is a slight color change. When first applied, these glasses (which typically include amber or yellow tint) can have a slight change in color perception. However, studies show that after a time this perception adjusts and the color seems no different. 

a girl wearing anti glare glasses from gunnar


  • Does not change perception of screen color
  • Screen quality remains the same, as does touch sensitivity
  • Works for all devices equally well
  • Effective at reducing glare
  • Often reduce blue light and/or UV light as well


  • Require that you wear them to work (not always working)
  • Before eyes adjust, can change the hue of the screen

If you want thorough screen protection as well as glare protection, a screen protector may be for you. If you want protection when and how you need it, with no effect on the quality of your expensive screens, anti-glare glasses might be for you. The pros of the latter outweigh the cons and puts it above, overall the former. Check out our great selection of computer glasses with glare and blue light protection. 

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