We spend a large part of our day staring at screens. Whether it’s a computer screen, laptop, phone, tablet, TV or even a Peloton bike, many screens push blue light towards our eyes.
Whether you realize it or not, these screens can do a real number on you. Sure, there are the obvious things like eye strain, but there are also headaches, dry eyes, an inability to fall asleep easily, and general exhaustion.
How to fight against the omnipresent threat? If you haven’t purchased a pair of blue light blocking glasses, now is the time. One brand you might want to consider in this space is GUNNAR Optiks.
The GUNNAR team provided us with a few pairs of blue light filtering glasses, one being the Pendleton and the other the Lightning Bolt. That is, the former is a more traditional pair of goggles while the latter is geared towards gaming. Both cost around $80 a pair.
We found both pairs to be comfortable to wear, study in, and solidly built. Both had an amber tint that falls somewhere in the middle of what’s available for blue light protection.
The glasses come with a protective case and a microfiber cleaning cloth; they are covered by a 12 month warranty.
The Pendleton has a flexible hinge that allows for comfort at the temples while the Lightning Bolt has a unique arm shape that alleviates pressure.
Also cool, the gaming glasses come with a free interchangeable headset strap that snaps at the temples. This way your ears don’t get tired, especially if you’re wearing headphones.
Take a look at the GUNNAR website and you’ll find that not only are there a variety of categories and respective designs, but many of them have options for different lens colors or tints. You should have no problem finding a pair that matches your style and sensibilities.
And while you can usually opt for the GUNNAR-Focus lens for sharper focus at close range, you can also use your prescription. Going this route opens things up a bit in the area of lens tints as well as whether you want single focus, progressive, or something for computers.
If you spend more than a few hours a day staring at a computer screen, you need to start protecting your eyes from the harmful effects of blue light. When you’re ready, GUNNAR Optiks offers a wide range of options.