Blue light can leave you with a serious case of fatigue, and reducing how much hits your eyes can certainly leave you feeling better. Especially if you're in front of a screen a lot and before bedtime.
This quick blurb from AllAboutVision explains:
Because short-wavelength, high energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, it is not as easily focused. When you're looking at computer screens and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of blue light, this unfocused visual "noise" reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain.
Research has shown that lenses that block blue light with wavelengths less than 450 nm (blue-violet light) increase contrast significantly. Therefore, computer glasses with yellow-tinted lenses may increase comfort when you're viewing digital devices for extended periods of time.
Windows 10 has a built-in night light feature, and many modern monitors have blue light filtering modes built in. But not all, and if you're a gamer, particularly on console, you might not have access to such things.
A good pair of gaming glasses can help you feel better, though the actual medical benefits split opinions. But if you're on the lookout, here's what we recommend.
Gunnar is the most well-known, best-established brand in gaming eyewear. We've looked at using a pair over four years and found a real benefit to them.
Not only are they great at reducing eye strain caused by blue light, but you can get quality lenses by Zeiss and a ridiculous variety of styles.
Gunnar has partnered with companies like Razer and MLG in the past for special edition glasses, but whether you want something classy or outrageous, Gunnar has a style for you. Prices vary, but you can get a solid pair for $50.
Hyper X Gaming Eyewear
Hyper X is the new kid on the block, but the company's first attempt is a winner. These glasses try things a different way, and noticeably don't have a yellow tint, unlike most other gaming eyewear.
The lenses themselves are created using a premium material called MR-8 which offers better efficiency at minimizing color distortion compared to that found in lower index lenses like glass, polycarbonate, and CR-39. And no yellow tint.
You're limited to one style, but they look pretty good in the standard Hyper X red and black, they're comfortable and definitely worth a go, albeit at a premium price of $99.99.
The trouble with gaming eyewear is that it often follows the gamer hardware trend: It looks like a child designed it with bright colored pens. These glasses from Felix Gray are a much more elegant solution to filtering blue light.
With five frame styles and three colors available for each, the Felix Gray glasses look like, well, glasses. There's no heavy yellow tint, no garish aggressive design that yells "I'm a gamer lol."
You can get Felix Gray glasses in regular or with +0.25 magnification. You can also get them in a reading prescription from +1.0 to +2.5. Each of the range costs $95.
If you're looking to try a decent pair of glasses but are wary of spending big bucks, then these J+S Vision specs at $25 are worth a shout. They're not as flashy looking as some of the others on this list, and there's a heavy yellow tint to them, but equally, you're not supposed to wear them outside.
The all-plastic construction is lightweight, and the glasses are comfortable to wear for extended periods. They're designed to be unisex and are available in five styles, but more importantly, block 90% of high-energy blue light.
You'll also get a 30-day no quibble money back guarantee, so if you're not happy fairly quickly, you're not out of pocket.
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