What Do Gaming Glasses Do?

Gaming glasses What are they? Are they just another fashion trend? What do they do? What’s the point in wearing a pair of glasses if I don’t even have a prescription? Why do my eyes hurt while I’m playing games? Why is my vision blurry after a couple rounds of League of Legends or a few hours of editing spreadsheets?

The Problem

In our generation, the world has embraced the internet; social media, streaming, gaming, etc. Everywhere you look, there are screens. While some worry this is the coming of Skynet and the likes, others realize it’s just the world and society evolving. With the rapid change, many of us are struggling with strained eyes thanks to constant screen use. Computer Vision Syndrome is a real problem and should be handled seriously.
A lot of us spend a significant portion of our day on the computer or other monitors. Whether you’re at work or a hardcore gamer, computer monitors are probably straining your eyes. Luckily, there is a simple solution and some of them look pretty cool.

Computer Glasses, Monitors, And Your Eyes

Monitors produce a relatively harsh blue light that forces your eyes to work harder to focus on objects on the screen like words or small objects. Images on a screen do not have the same sharp contrast between objects as the real world does. This lack of variation makes it difficult to pick out objects and your eyes are working double time to constantly change focus. This causes strain on your eyes and can cause common symptoms such as headaches, tired and itchy eyes, and blurry vision. But how does blue light affect you… really? Thanks to Gunnar Optiks, we have some answers for you.

  • Overexposure to blue light from screens disrupts melatonin production and sleep patterns.
  • Blue light from screen exposure has been linked to retinal damage, cataracts, and Macular degeneration.
  • Visible blue light is very high energy and exposure to it is very exhausting to the eyes.
  • Over-saturation of blue light can decrease visual acuity and make focusing difficult.
  • Blue light has been shown to induce photochemical damage to the retina and macula that causes oxidative stress on the eyes.
  • Disrupted sleep patterns can lead to depression, neurotoxin buildup, and increased risk of disease.

Right now, CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome is just a blanket term for all of the above-listed effects and more. If you’re constantly struggling to find that guy hiding in a bush about 300 meters away in the Battlegrounds, it’s likely your eyes are suffering from too much blue light exposure.

Do Gaming Glasses Work?

Yes. Gaming glasses are designed specifically to lessen the effects of blue light on your eyes. In fact, I’m wearing a pair of Gunnar Optik’s Computer Glasses right now. Not only do I look like a professional, but my eyes are also not as stressed after looking at a screen for 8 hours at work. My eyes won’t feel as tired during my World of Warcraft raid runs tonight thanks to Gunnar’s Gaming Lens technology. Gaming glasses often have a slight magnification, making everything a little bit bigger without ruining the perfect, finely tuned resolutions of your screens.

By providing an increased size of view and reduced blue light, gaming glasses help reduce the strain on your eyes from looking at your screens. Your gaming glasses can actually improve your gaming experience by allowing you to stay on top of your vision. By wearing gaming glasses, your eyes won’t be as affected by harsh blue light and can help relieve some of the symptoms of CVS that you may already be facing.



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