GUNNAR Glasses: A Professional Review

Gunnar Glasses - A Professional Review

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!

Gunnar Computer Eyewear

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.

Related: “The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing the PERFECT Pair of Glasses!”

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Ryan Corte, O.D.
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com. Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.

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