You need a pair of gaming glasses.
We know. That might sound silly to you. But hear us out and you just might agree with us by the end of this article.
Do your eyes hurt after a few hours of playing The Sims? Is your vision blurry after a Sunday afternoon wandering the West in Red Dead Redemption 2? The world of gaming has rapidly evolved, and unfortunately, so has eye strain thanks to constant screen use. This condition is more commonly referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and should be taken and handled seriously. Here’s why.
The Harmful Effects Of Gaming
Monitors and television screens produce a harsh blue light that forces your eyes to work harder in order to focus on words or points on the screen. Why? It’s simple: Images on a screen don’t have the same sharp contrast and variation as objects that you see in the real world, meaning your eyes are working double time in order to change focus. This constant strain can lead to headaches, itchy and/or tired eyes, and even blurry vision. But these CVS symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some additional effects of blue light exposure:
- Retinal damage, cataracts and macular degeneration have all been linked to blue light from screen exposure.
- High-energy blue light exposure can literally exhaust the eyes.
- Blue light exposure when the sun goes down can disrupt sleep patterns and your circadian rhythm. This could lead to depression, a buildup of neurotoxin and an overall increased risk of disease.
- Melatonin production and overall sleep patterns can be disrupted with prolonged overexposure to blue light from screens.
- Exposure to blue light has been found to actually induce photochemical damage to the retina and macula. This causes oxidative stress on the eyes. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to detoxify their harmful effects.
You’re probably about to throw your PS4 into the garbage after reading that last section, but don’t freak out just yet. There’s actually a pretty simple way to combat these harmful effects.
The Easy Solution: Video Gaming Glasses
You might ask yourself, “Do gaming glasses work?” The short answer is yes. Glasses for gaming are specifically designed to combat and lessen the effects of blue light. Video and computer gaming glasses tend to have a slight magnification, which makes it easier for your eyes to focus without ruining the finely tuned resolution of your screen. This increased view size and reduced blue light can actually improve your gaming experience. By wearing gaming glasses, you can help preserve your vision, reduce harsh blue light and protect yourself from the effects of CVS. Get gaming glasses that actually meet your expectations by looking for the following features:
- Maximum blue light blocking. With the help of an amber lens tint, blue light blockers with maximum protection can help reduce eye fatigue by cutting down on blue light exposure.
- Anti-reflective and anti-glare coatings. These coatings work together to keep out-of-focus or ghost images, as well as refresh rate flickering from distracting your view. This helps create a clear, comfortable image.
- High optical quality. CR-39 lenses make for optical quality almost as good as glass while weighing half as much. CR-39 lenses also have better shatter and scratch resistance than glass.
- A comfortable fit. Make sure your gaming glasses fit comfortably by opting for a pair with spring-loaded hinges
Try the Best Gaming Glasses from Dr. S Eyewear
In the market for a pair of gaming glasses? Try blue light blocking glasses from Dr. S Eyewear. Our blue blockers are unlike any other glasses on the market because they’re designed by a licensed optometrist. Dr. S. Eyewear’s blue light blocking lenses block up to 99 percent of blue light, whereas other blue blockers or gaming glasses only block 65 percent. Have a question or need more information? Reach out to our helpful staff today.