Best answer: Yes. The Amazon Paperwhite is one of the least intrusive blue light e-readers available on the market. However, it does still use backlighting, which may cause irritation and disrupt your sleep cycle. A simple stick-on filter or pair of specialty glasses can help put your eyes at ease.
- Stick-on solution: Dadanism screen protector ($11 at Amazon)
- Stylish eye-care: Magic Jing glasses (From $20 at Amazon)
- Mainstream e-reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (From $130 at Amazon)
Do I need a blue light filter for my Kindle Paperwhite?
The latest Kindle Paperwhite models use a reduced blue-spectrum backlight, as compared to previous models and other devices. Still, some users will find that reading either in the dark or just before bed can cause irritation and sleep disruptions. Thankfully, there are many affordable options available for stick-on blue-light filters that do double-duty as screen protectors for any make and model Kindle device.
For those looking for something a little less permanent and a little more stylish, some blue light reducing “gamer” glasses will offer the same protection from eye-strain. They have the added benefit of not being confined to use on just one device.
Do I have to buy something or are there some free fixes?
Blue light affects everyone differently, and for some, the irritation may not be frequent or disruptive enough to warrant spending more money on a device. In those cases, some simple changes to the Kindle’s settings and how it’s used may solve the problem.
Turning down the backlight in the device settings will not only reduce the amount of blue light your eyes are exposed to; it will also add hours of battery life for further reading. Limiting your use of the Kindle at night or in the dark will also significantly reduce eye strain and help improve your sleeping patterns.
Dadanism Screen Protector
Eliminate blue light irritation and keep your Kindle screen safe from damage with these easy-to-apply stick-on protectors.
Magic Jing computer glasses
Protect your peepers
Look chic while keeping the blue light irritation meek with these computer gaming glasses, which also filter glare and UV rays.
Best Overall E-reader
Now with IPX8 water resistance and up to 32GB of storage
With a high-res e-ink display, IPX8 rating, Audible integration, and weeks-long battery life, the Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader for most people.