If you’re reading this review, chances are you’ve stumbled upon GUNNAR Computer Glasses while researching how to protect your eyes from digital devices. Or, maybe you’re a hardcore gamer and you’re interested in learning more about the ever popular GUNNAR Gaming Glasses. Regardless of how you landed here, I’m happy to provide my professional insight!
As an optometrist, my passion is educating patients and those who visit this website on the importance of eye health and wellness. This includes yearly comprehensive eye exams, safe contact lens wear and the importance of UV and harmful blue light eye protection!
I first discovered GUNNAR glasses a few years ago. As a somewhat digital junkie (I’m always on my phone/laptop/desktop), I wanted to make sure my eyes were protected. With limited prescription requirements (I had LASIK during optometry school and absolutely love it), I recently decided to give GUNNAR Glasses a try. Below is a review of what you need to know about GUNNAR Glasses, including my own personal experience!
Benefits of GUNNAR glasses
Do you spend hours (or virtually your entire day) in front of digital devices? If you’re like most people, you probably do! After reading up on GUNNAR Glasses, I discovered they provide a number of benefits for your eye health and overall wellness. Below is an overview of these benefits.
1) Blocking of harmful blue light
GUNNAR lenses block varying levels of harmful blue light (depending on which lens you go with). Harmful blue light is a part of the visible light spectrum that carries A LOT of energy. While its primary source is the sun, the digital devices that consume our daily lives give off harmful blue light too.
Unfortunately, short-term overexposure to harmful blue light can suppress melatonin production and lead to poor sleep. On the other hand, while still debatable, studies suggest that long-term overexposure can increase your risk for macular degeneration formation and early-onset cataracts!
However, keep in mind, not all blue light is bad! In fact, blue light is necessary for regulating your mood and circadian rhythm.
2) Decreased digital eye strain & improved visual comfort
According to the Vision Council, “More than 83% of Americans report using digital devices for more than two hours per day with 60.5% experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain.” These symptoms include dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, blurry vision and neck/shoulder pain.
Fortunately, GUNNAR lenses have +0.2 diopters of focusing power built into their lenses. As a result, they help eliminate muscle strain from viewing digital devices up close for long periods of time.
Also, by blocking glare and harmful blue light, GUNNAR lenses can help decrease your chances of experiencing digital eyes strain! Plus, their yellow tinted (Amber) lenses can help improve your visual contrast and soothe your eyes during digital device use.
3) Improved overall wellness
Unfortunately, exposure to blue light a few hours before bed can significantly impact the quality of your sleep. Why? Exposure to blue light suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a natural sleep hormone.
Honestly, decreasing your exposure to blue light before bed is challenging! That’s why blue blocking glasses should highly be considered if you’re going to “burn the midnight old” in front of your digital devices.