I spend a ton of time in front of a computer’s monitor: I’ve been a gamer for my entire life, I work exclusively on my computer or laptop and when I take breaks I stare at my smartphone’s display (when I don’t have my iPad around). So if you’re complaining about dried eyes, general fatigue or just eye fatigue, difficulty to fall asleep and/or headaches, I completely understand: I’ve been there, I’ve struggled with all these symptoms and it wasn’t fun!
Well, today’s article where I’m sharing my review of the Gunnar Gaming Glasses I got a bit over a week ago, might bring some happiness back to your life! So read on my Gunnar Intercept gaming glasses review below to find out why!
In case you don’t know what gaming glasses are, we’ll start with a quick lesson: these are specifically designed glasses for those who spend a lot of time in front of the computer. They’re called “gaming glasses” or “computer glasses” and both denominations serve the same purpose: they fight against eye fatigue, eye strain and all the bad effects we feel after spending hours in front of an LCD display, be it a computer or laptop monitor or the display of our tablet or phone (so no, they’re not just for gamers!) They achieve this feat thanks to a special technology and coating that blocks most of the harmful blue light emitted by our displays and they also increase the on-screen contrast, delivering a clearer and cleaner image. These are glasses that you can and should wear even if you don’t need prescription glasses (actually, if you need prescription glasses, you might need to order yours from an optician).
After doing a lot of research, I decided to give the Gunnar glasses a try. There are different models available for purchase, but I went for the cheapest option, the Gunnar Intercept. I had never tried gaming or computer glasses before and I was somewhat skeptical. “There’s no such thing as glasses that keep your eyes from getting tired,” I kept saying to myself…
But I was wrong!
As soon as I received the package, opened it and put the glasses on, I felt the difference. I simply couldn’t believe how I felt and how everything looked a lot better on my computer’s screen. It could’ve been Placebo (even though I wasn’t putting much trust in them in the first place), but as soon as I put my Gunnar glasses on, my eyes felt better. I almost heard them saying “Thanks!”
Of course, the symptoms didn’t go away instantly. My eyes were still just as tired and dry. But after a few hours of working while wearing my new Gunnar Intercept glasses, I was feeling better. My eyes didn’t get more tired and I felt, overall, a slight improvement. However – and probably because my eyes were more tired than most on this planet – it took me about a week to actually realize a big difference and feel my eyes like normal eyes again. I have the glasses for a bit over one week now, wearing them every day, and I still can’t say that all the bad effects are 100% gone. But I feel much, much better, the improvement is obvious and I am sure things will only get better. And even if they stay as they are now, it’s still a win and a huge improvement when it comes to my overall state. I am starting to feel less like a zombie now and I am happy with it!
The Gunnar glasses are AMAZING!
The frames are made of what I think is plastic, but it’s very light and you can barely feel them when you wear them. I never wore glasses in my life and I got used to wearing those in just a few seconds. They don’t look cheap and they seem incredibly durable as well. It’s true that I only have them for a week, but they seem well done and sturdy. The frames also seem to be specifically made to work with large over-ear headphones as I wore a pair for a couple of hours without any discomfort caused by the glasses.
I love the fact that the lenses are big: I don’t want to see the lenses when I work and most of the time I won’t. Probably due to the position of my computer’s screen relative to my office chair, the bottom frame and a bit of the sides can be spotted, but it’s not much, nor annoying. I did try a pair of glasses with smaller lenses and it was much worse, so you have to appreciate the large lenses!
The lenses themselves seem to be of high quality. They have a slight amber tint which does change a bit the way you see colors on your screen, but I don’t really consider it a con or a big deal. I actually like that the reds and yellows look better, while the strong white and blue are gone – you will see what I mean after wearing them for a while and taking them down: you’ll feel as if somebody’s shoving a flashlight into your eyes (yes, that’s what your eyes have to endure when you’re not wearing computer glasses!) Plus, you get the extra boost in contrast, which makes everything a lot easier to read or follow on-screen.
If I really want to find something to complain about regarding the Gunnar Intercept glasses that I am wearing, I can. First comes the fact that they seem to draw a bit of the dust in the room on the lenses: most times I look at them I see small specks of dust on my lenses. It’s not something that interferes with my vision when I wear them, nor something that I notice unless I take them down and carefully check the lenses, but the specks of dust are there (until I clean them with a special cloth).
Which brings me to the second potential baddie: even though the Gunnars are not the cheapest gaming glasses on the market, they are delivered without at least a cloth for cleaning them, which seems a bit strange. There are models out there selling for half or even less of the price of the Gunnar glasses that come with a cloth for cleaning. Again, not a big problem!
What matters the most is that the Gunnar gaming glasses – the Gunnar Intercept model in my case – really work. They make the images on the screen look better, more vivid and the contrast is indeed better as well, while your eyes won’t feel as tired. You will start feeling the effects just a few hours after putting them on for the first time and you will notice the difference instantly. Depending on how tired your eyes were, it will take more or fewer days for them to get back to normal levels again, but solid improvements will be felt just hours after you start wearing these glasses.
I wasn’t confident about the fact that computer glasses do work – and I am not sure that they all do – but the Gunnar gaming glasses that I bought are now my best friends. And surely my eyes’ best friends as well! Click here to check them out and get a pair now.
So if you spend a lot of time in front of the computer – gaming or working – do yourself a favor and buy a pair!