There are all sorts of video games out there. Whether you’re a console gamer or part of the pc master race, it’s likely you’re parked in front of a screen, eyes glued to your game for hours on end. Sadly, this can lead to some adverse effects for your eye health and gameplay.
The good news is that gaming glasses can help with both, keeping you less concentrated on your eyes and more focused on your game.
What Do Gaming Glasses Do?
All those digital devices screens emit high-energy visible (HEV) blue light. (To read more about HEV blue light and its effects on eyes, visit our recent post on blue blockers.) Too much of that artificial light exposure can disrupt sleep, cause eye strain, and, over time, damage the eyes. Yet, we’re using screens more than ever. Teens spend an average of 6.5 hours each day on screens, and those in the workforce often spend eight hours-plus in front of a computer — which doesn’t include the amount of time on smartphones, tablets, and television away from work.
Just as you’d wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from damaging UV light from the sun, the lenses used for gaming glasses can help reduce blue-light glare from devices – while still offering protection from other UV light as well!
This means video game glasses can keep you playing longer while reducing the negative effects of blue light, also reducing the likelihood of headaches, eye strain, and blurred vision that comes with staring at objects on a screen for too long.
So … Do Video Game Glasses Really Work?
Yes, they actually work quite well. Studies have shown that filtering or diffusing blue light can prevent harm to your eyes over time.
In addition to eye strain, the University of Toronto found that blue light can even have negative effects on your sleep patterns, and recommends wearing UV blocking lenses to combat this – specifically at night time. A similar study tested gaming glasses on teenagers, and found that they did in fact “impede the negative effects modern lighting” had on the subject’s sleep cycles.
Lastly, an additional test was performed with blue blocking glasses that demonstrated their effectiveness on improved visual acuity and combating dry eyes.
The fact is that gaming glasses are an easy solution to the negative effects of blue light, whether you’re playing multiplayer in an online competition or you spend your day racing against the clock in “Mario Kart.”
At Zenni, we carry the clearest blue blockers on the market. To learn how to purchase a pair, visit the Beyond UV Blue Blocker page.
Have you ever tried gaming glasses? Do you think they’re worth the hype? Let us know in the comments.