Gaming glasses: could they protect your eyes from blue light?
We all know that excessive screen time, including gaming, can cause uncomfortable eye strain. The negative effects on your eyes can be even more severe when it comes to gaming, as those who play video games are often playing for many hours at a time (sometimes even the entire day). Gamers focus intently on the screen for long periods of time which leads to a reduced blink rate, this deprives the eyes of essential moisture and can cause dry eyes, adding further discomfort.
What are gaming glasses?
Just like all digital screens, the computers and TV screens that we use to play games emit blue light, which is believed to be a potential cause of eye fatigue and even stop us from sleeping well if exposed to excessive blue light in the evenings. This is because blue light inhibits the body’s production of melatonin (the hormone responsible for making us feel tired). Wearing glasses for gamers, especially during the evening, can help your sleep schedule, reduce glare and stop your eyes from feeling so irritated and tired.
Choosing the best gaming glasses for you
It’s important to consider the quality and size of the glasses before purchasing them. Check the measurements online (all Feel Good Contacts glasses feature the full dimensions), to ensure the glasses fit comfortably. Additionally, when considering the shape, wrap frames offer excellent stability and a snug fit, making them ideal for use with over-ear headphones. Lastly you should also think about the lens tint. Some gaming glasses have a strong amber or yellow tint. If you plan to wear your blue light gaming glasses day to day (outside of gaming), it might be best to opt for some that have clear lenses.
How to reduce eye strain while playing video games
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your eyes in top condition while you play games in front of digital screens. Follow our top tips for reducing eye strain whilst gaming.
Take regular breaks
Taking regular breaks is important for keeping your eyes comfortable throughout gaming. Practice the 20-20-20 rule. This involves looking into the distance (about 20 feet away) every 20 minutes for about 20 seconds. Doing this gives your eyes sufficient time to rest from so much close work.
Sit a good distance away from the screen
If you sit too close or too far away from the screen, this can cause your eyes to feel strained. Try to sit back far enough so that you can see but you aren’t struggling.
Adjust your screen brightness
Depending on what time of the day you are playing games, you may need your screen to be darker or lighter. You should avoid having the screen very bright as this will increase the likeness of your developing computer vision syndrome.
The best gaming glasses UK
Check out these fashionable frames for gaming, all available in both prescription and non-prescription (plano). Add a blue light filter to these lenses at the checkout for the ultimate gaming accessory.
Also available in 3 other colours, this Oakley frame has a 3-point fit and ace fit temples which can be adjusted to fit you perfectly. The square shape is versatile, and the keyhole nose bridge adds even more style.
The light transparent grey of these aviator glasses gives them a modern and stylish edge.
Frequently asked questions about gaming glasses
Want to know more? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about glasses for gamers.
How do gaming glasses protect my eyes during gaming sessions?
Gaming glasses reduce blue light exposure, which means they could reduce eye strain as well as any headaches that can occur due to excessive screentime. When worn during evenings, these glasses could also aid good sleep hygiene.
Are gaming glasses only for professional gamers, or can casual gamers benefit from them too?
Anyone can wear gaming glasses! They aren’t just for professionals. If you spend long hours playing games in front of digital screens, whether that be a tablet, computer or TV, you could benefit from this type of eyewear.
Do gaming glasses improve my gaming performance?
Gaming eyewear is thought to help towards reducing eye strain can prevent strained and tired eyes as well as the headaches and other negative symptoms that can result from constant use of digital screens such as eye strain. This can leave your eyes feeling more comfortable and less tired which can then even lead to improved gaming performance.
Are gaming glasses suitable for people who wear prescription glasses?
All our gaming glasses are available in both prescription and non-prescription (plano), allowing anyone to benefit from wearing these blue light-protecting glasses.
Are there different types of lens tints available for gaming glasses, and what are their benefits?
Some gaming glasses have a yellow tint which along with reducing exposure to blue light, have the added benefit of providing sharper contrast. Lenses with an amber tint do give a slight yellow tint to your surroundings whilst wearing them, but it’s not too noticeable.
Can gaming glasses be worn outside of gaming sessions, such as for computer work or watching movies?
Gaming glasses can be worn all day, but they are most useful when used in front of digital screens. If you plan to wear your gaming glasses outside of gaming, you may want to choose a pair with transparent lenses.
Choose Feel Good Contacts for gaming glasses
Get fast delivery on all prescription and non-prescription gaming glasses from Feel Good Contacts. We stock a huge variety of designer brands as well as more affordable alternatives, ensuring there is something for everyone. You can enjoy stylish gaming glasses for less by taking advantage of our glasses sale where you can get up to 70% off.