Hours in front of the glow of a screen can cause some pretty nasty headaches, not to mention eye strain. So when Gunnar Optiks popped up on the radar with computer-gaming eye wear that claimed to reduce eye fatigue and designed by a former Oakley engineer, my curiosity was piqued.
Gunnars have amber tinted lenses that filter the harsh light from a screen by neutralizing it, as well as slightly magnifying what’s being seen. The company claims that the glasses prevent the dry eyes that come with prolonged screen time because the lens shape limits air flow to maintain moisture.
Even though they do have a slight-safety goggle yellow tint to them, they look like any other pair of glasses. I was skeptical whether a change in lens shape and color would really help ease the throbbing I felt in my eyeballs after a night of working. After trying them out for a week, I did feel less drained and not at all like my eyes were about to burst. For someone who constantly has to be online or plugged in and have their wits about them, this is a blessing. It also didn’t hurt that I felt slightly smarter and more efficient wearing glasses while typing away.
The glasses can be used with 20/20 vision, contact lenses and are prescription-compatible. Check with your optometrist.
Credit: Gunnar Optiks