You may not know it, but computer glasses are a thing. I’ve been working in front of a computer for years and I had no idea they were a thing — but they are. The glasses are designed to help reduce eye strain that you’d typically get from, well, staring at a computer screen all day (or things like playing video games for hours on end). That’s the short and sweet of it.
If you’re like me, you get into the office in the morning and instantly turn on the computer. Then you sit and work, then sit and work some more. By the end of the day, your eyes hurt, your head hurts and you just don’t want to look at a computer ever again. Thankfully there’s a simple solution in the form of computer glasses.
Computer glasses (also called anti-glare computer glasses gaming glasses or blue light glasses) are much like regular eyeglasses, but they help to reduce blue light, filter out UV light and also reduce glare — all helping to decrease the eye strain, blurred vision and headaches associated with looking at a computer screen for hours on end. They’re essentially regular glasses with slightly tinted lenses that do all of the filtering and glare reducing, and they really do make a difference (we use them in the office at Sharkk and they’re awesome).
That just begs the question: Where do I find these glasses? Well, the good news is that you can find them all over the place. The bad news is that there are soooo many shapes and styles, it may be hard to choose. Heck, I went through four separate pair before I found one that I liked enough to stick with.
There are plenty of places to buy computer glasses all across Amazon and eBay, and some big-name sites like Gunnar and Pixel that specialize in this “eyewear for the digital age”. While Gunnars are close to the top, I’ve actually found this pair I bought off eBay to be my favorite thus far — and super cheap!
While they may seem like a gimmick, the glasses really do work some magic. If you find yourself staring into oblivion for hours a day, they may be just what you’re looking for.
If glasses aren’t your thing, there are also various apps you can get for your computer (or phone) that will help achieve some of the same effects. The hugely popular app f.lux adjusts the color of your computer screen based on the time of day, cutting down blue light and make it all-around easier on the eyes. It’s a great, inexpensive alternative to wearing computer glasses everyday.