For the past month I've been testing computer glasses by Gunnar Optiks. While the company has been around for a while, its product has never been hotter.
Sure, you can wear them to block harmful blue light from computer screens, but I just like that they look cool.
And the low price. I like that, too.
For the past month I’ve been testing computer glasses by Gunnar Optiks. While the company has been around for a while, its product has never been hotter.
Both iOS and Android phones now offer a night mode that prevents us from seeing blue light too close to our bedtime. That blue light, we’re now learning, can disrupt our sleep cycles, making us stay awake too late at night and slump all day at work. It can also harm our attention span and even disrupt our hunger cues. But what’s protecting us from blue light on our computer screens?
For that, pick up a pair of frames from Gunnar Optiks. They have a ranges of styles, some for the everyday user and some for the hardcore gamer. Each model can be customized. I’ve been testing models called Intercept (shown here), Vertex, and Havok. While Havok definitely looks the coolest, it doesn’t look good on me. I’m better off with the retro nerdy look of Intercept.
Each model I tried is light, but solid. They’re well-made and sit nicely on the face. It’s a shock that they range in price from $49 (Vertex) to $79 (Havok). Most models on the site are in that area. So why do designer frames cost so much?
Gunnar lenses have a light yellow tint, which blocks harmful blue light. In my experience, they cut the glare from a bright white computer screen and make reading text a little easier. The frames also help block air currents so my eyes are more comfortable and less dried out.
The company adds an anti-glare coating to both sides of its lenses. While the lenses don’t provide any magnification, I feel like they do. Text just seems to pop a little more.
The only negative I found is that oil collects on the plastic lenses, and wiping them with a microfiber cloth sometimes just pushes it around. Expect to take them to the sink and wash them with Dawn regularly to keep them tidy.
Gunnar gave me a code to pass along. If you decide to order a pair, use code THANKYOU10 for ten percent off.
Besides blocking blue light, Gunnar lenses also block UV light. That’s good to know if you want to wear them outside. I like them enough that I just might start doing that, retro nerdy look and all.
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