As a writer, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen. Seriously folks, the hours of research, fact-checking, and writing can really put a strain on the eyes. Then I have the nerve to jump on a video game and play for countless hours on end. Did I mention I wear contacts and I’ve worn glasses since I was eight?
It’s okay for right now because I’m still relatively young, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to be paying the piper in my old age. And lets not get into how badly I treat my hearing with my love of heavy bass, crisp highs and mids. At the end of the day, hours peering into a comp screen combined with prolonged contact lens wear leave my eyes drier than Las Vegas in the dead of summer.
Enter Gunnar Optiks and their special eye wear. What makes Gunnar Optiks glasses so special? Besides from looking incredibly bad-ass, they’re also designed to reduce eyestrain and fatigue caused from being chained in front of a comp screen or playing that game a little too long. They’re the official eye gear of Major League Gaming and they’re also getting a ringing endorsement from rappers Soulja Boy Tell’em and Qwes Kross. I was given an opportunity to give the specs a test run. For the last two weeks, I’ve been working and relaxing in my Gunnars, specifically the JEM frames from the Metallic Collection.
When I put them on, I was extremely happy that they were lightweight and comfortable. I didn’t notice an immediate reduction in eye-strain, but the words definitely appeared sharper almost like they were magnified. After a few days of use, I did notice that my eyes felt significantly better at the end of the day than usual and I could play video games until the crack of dawn without feeling like I wanted to scratch out my eyes. The yellow tint did throw off the color when I was playing Ninja Gaiden 2, but it’s a small price to pay for extended game play. The color issue would probably be resolved if I was rocking a pair of Gunnars fitted with the crystal lens instead of the amber.
As with any product there are pros and cons. Besides the yellow tint distorting color when playing video games or watching television, there are a few drawbacks. The glasses must remain spotless to be totally effective, a smudge here or there can really become a distraction. Luckily, Gunnar packs a handy pouch for the specs that doubles as a cleaning cloth to keep the lenses pristine. The other drawback is the price, starting at $79, it might be a little difficult to convince the average joe to spend so much on glasses. For those of us that spend hours on end staring into a comp screen day after day, these glasses are truly a godsend.