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What exactly do gaming glasses do and do they work?

Have you ever heard of gaming glasses? Not reading glasses like your grandmother wears. I’m talking about those strange (often cool) looking yellow tinted glasses that help reduce blue light exposure are therefore help reduce eye fatigue.

Lots of people are now beginning to wear these strange looking gaming glasses, but do they work? And exactly what are they supposed to do anyway?

My vision is fine, it’s actually 20/20. And I can see perfectly fine when I’m not on a computer screen or on a monitor for hours on end, but the glare of the monitor and all those hours with too few blinks and breaks eventually takes its toll.

By the end of a long workday on digital screens, I often have dry eyes and a low-grade headache.

If you’re still trying to decide if gaming glasses are the real deal and could help relieve the blurriness, discomfort, and dryness caused by spending hours in front of a screen, you’ve come to the right place.

I hope to convince you that these glasses do work and that if you spend hours every day looking at a screen, you should buy a pair of glasses that will save your eyes!

Before we get started, below are my favorite pair of gaming glasses.

GUNNAR - Premium Gaming and Computer Glasses - Blocks 65% Blue Light - Intercept
  • Recommended by doctors, our blue light blocking computer & gaming glasses (Patented Lens #9417460) protects your vision,...
  • Unlike other blue light blocking glasses, GUNNAR developed the Blue Light Protection Factor, telling you exactly how...
  • The preferred gaming glasses for men and women, GUNNAR protects against symptoms stemming from prolonged screen-staring...
  • Specs: lens Width: 58 mm | nose: 17 mm | frame Width: 133 mm | Temple: 135 mm | weight: 33 grams. Gunnar produces...

These are GUNNAR Optiks glasses and they’re awesome. I have a pair on right now as I type this.


Usually, computer glasses have a yellow tint. This yellow tint blocks the blue light from coming through. Sometimes, you can find glasses that have an amber tint, or other color.

This tint can range from very slight to almost as dramatic as sunglasses. A nice example of tinted gaming glasses are the Gunnar Optiks above.

Manufacturers usually say the tint reduces blue light by adjusting the color spectrum to make the screen easier to view for long periods. There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to back this up.

One of the reasons professionals love Gunnar Gaming glasses, is because their glasses can be ordered in that Amber tint, which doesn’t distort the way you view color. Therefore, if you’re a graphic designer, photographer, video editor, or work with colors and hues, you can work without having colors distorted.

In reality, there have been just a handful of scientific studies that have put blue light glasses to the test, and guess what, gaming glasses have failed!

Still, in my experience and in what I see with my colleagues, our gaming glasses work well in helping to reduce glare, which reduces blue light exposure, and therefore preserves vision after spending long hours in front of a screen.


Most computer glasses aren’t actually magnified at all. In fact, only a handful of brands claim magnification. If you don’t have poor vision, then in reality, tint that blocks blue light alone should be enough to alleviate symptoms.

It could be a Pro or it could be a Con, but all Gunnar glasses come with a slight magnification. Some people find it annoying or distorting to their vision. However, I rarely notice it.

Actually, once I have my gaming glasses on, they work so well that I don’t even notice them on anymore. The tint and the magnification just become normal and keeping them on becomes second nature.

Sometimes people come up to my cubicle to talk to me and I turn around and don’t even notice that I have them on. Inevitably, someone will ask if I wear glasses and then I explain what my Gunnar gaming glasses actually do.


Blue Light Glasses vary greatly in styling. There will be a style for you if you just look around. Some choices look and work like regular prescription glasses or reading glasses. Others are designed to look cool, fancy, or geeky — and some actually look more like sunglasses than something designed to be worn at a desk.

Do you already wear prescription glasses? There are special clip-on tinted glasses for computers that you can flip up when you need to work on something else. No matter your personal style, there are gaming glasses that will fit it. From the most conservative to the wildest, they’re out there.

So, do Gaming Glasses work?

At first the idea of special gaming glasses may seem like a strange concept to you. Do gaming glasses work? Can the effects of blue light from a screen really be a strain on your eyes? The answer is yes and yes. but don’t wait until your order of gaming glasses arrives to help out your eyes! You can implement the 20-20-20 rule right now.

The 20-20-20 Rule Explained

The 20-20-20 rule helps alleviate digital eye strain. It’s simple, look at someone 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. It’s easy to become engrossed in your work and stare at a screen for an hour, but following this simple rule can help alleviate eye strain right away, until you receive your glasses.

I was skeptical also, but I knew that by the time evening came, my eyes were experiencing more and more discomfort. I decided to take a chance and order a pair of gaming glasses, and I’m glad I did. I’ve experienced freedom from headaches, eye discomfort, and blurry vision. I’d like you to try them also.

So, will you give it a shot?

In addition to feeling freedom from eye pain caused by the effects blue light, I was convinced enough to start this site dedicated to gaming glasses. 

I hope that my reviews here will help you experience life without eye pain, headaches, and general eye discomfort caused by blue light.

If you’re ready to give them a shot then you can click the button below to see the exact glasses that I bought for myself.

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