Blue Light Gaming Glasses: Are They Worth It?
June 22, 2023 • 5:30 AM
Ever woken up feeling tired and groggy after an evening of gaming, even if you didn’t go to bed that late? All other factors aside, that’s probably because you were exposed to too much blue light while you wielded your sword/gun/rocket launcher. Luckily there’s an easy solution to this problem: blue light gaming glasses.
Let’s clarify what blue light is and how it can affect you. Then we’ll look at the difference blue light gaming glasses can make and how to order your perfect pair so you’re always on top form.
What Is Blue Light?
Blue light is high-energy light that lies at the edge of the visible light spectrum. It’s naturally emitted by the sun, and it can help to keep you awake and focused, as you should during the day.
Blue light is also emitted by digital devices, TVs, and fluorescent and LED lights. This is no problem during daylight hours, but if we’re exposed to too much of it at night — as many gamers are — it can be harmful because it affects our sleep cycles.
The hormone that causes you to feel sleepy and start preparing for bed is called melatonin. As the light of the day dims, your brain starts producing melatonin so you can fall asleep easily at night.
However, when your eyes — and then your brain — register a lot of blue light at night, this natural cycle is disrupted. Your body doesn’t produce the melatonin it needs, and you may find you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. And even if you do manage it, the sleep you get isn’t great quality, so you wake up still feeling tired.
Whether you’re a pro or a more casual gamer, blue light gaming glasses can make all the difference.
How Do Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Gamers Help?
Blue light eyeglasses filter the harmful blue light entering your eyes from digital screens. So even if you’re gaming late at night, your body can go ahead with melatonin production, so you sleep normally.
Some blue light filtering glasses have a yellow tint or amber tint but others come with clear lenses, so no one but you needs to know that they block blue light.
In case you’re wondering, it’s worth noting that blue light filters don’t provide UV protection, so you can’t use your blue light gaming glasses as sunglasses.
You can, however, also add an anti-reflective coating to your blue light glasses. This lens technology helps to reduce the glare from the screen bouncing off your lenses. More light can then reach your eyes, improving your ability to see clearly so you don’t miss a thing while you’re gaming.
This brings us to a common misconception…
It’s Not All About Blue Light
As well as sleep issues, most gamers experience symptoms like eye fatigue, itchy or dry eyes, blurry vision, or even migraines. Collectively, these symptoms are often attributed to digital eye strain caused by blue light.
But while blue light at night certainly doesn’t help, these other symptoms are more likely to be caused by staring at the glare of the screen for too long, transfixed by your gaming experience.
Let’s face it: when you’re playing video games, your eyes are some of the hardest working muscles in your body. Added to that, you’re hyper-focused on watching every little movement on the screen. After all, if you blink, you might end up dead (virtually, of course). In fact, research shows that we don’t blink as much while we’re using a computer, so our eyes dry out.
To avoid digital eye strain, whether you’re wearing glasses or not, try some of these tips:
Every 20 minutes or so, pause and look away from your screen for about 20 seconds to force your eyes to change focus.
Drink plenty of water and use eyedrops to keep your eyes lubricated.
Try to blink more often — obviously when you’re not in any (virtual) danger.
Turn down the brightness of your display.
Invest in an anti-glare screen for your digital device to reduce the glare right at the source.
Where to Get Your Blue Light Gaming Glasses
Now you understand the effects of blue light, you’re probably thinking that blue light gamer glasses should be as much part of your gaming kit as your headset and keyboard. And you’d be quite right.
This raises the question of where to get the best blue light gaming glasses. Of course, you can always look on Amazon, but if you want great quality, along with style and value for money, shop online at Pair Eyewear.
At Pair, you can add blue light protection to any regular glasses. So if you’re simply looking to protect your eyes from blue light, you can order a non-prescription pair. If you do need prescription glasses though, you can opt to add blue light blockers to those.
As a bonus, all our glasses also come standard with anti-glare lenses to combat those reflections from your screen. This also means that others can see your eyes when you’re wearing your blue light gaming glasses (rather than just a reflection of themselves) — which is handy when you’re interacting with your family between games.
How to Order Your Blue Light Gaming Glasses
Ordering blue light blockers or computer glasses from Pair Eyewear is easy and fun! Here’s how to do it:
Use the Virtual Try-On tool to see how the various frame shapes, styles, and colors work on a photo of your face. You can even take a photo to send to a friend if you’d like a second opinion.
On the next page, you’ll see some optional add-ons. This is where you select blue light filters for your lenses.
After that, you can simply stick with the Base Frames you’ve chosen — or you can take advantage of Pair’s unique magnetic Top Frame concept to personalize your glasses. Choose from our wide range of designs and express yourself!
Then let us know whether you’d like to upload your prescription now or later, or whether we should get it from your eye doctor.
Once your order is complete, your glasses will be delivered to your door.
Protect Your Sleep With Blue Light Gaming Glasses
While blue light is good for you during the day, getting too much while you’re gaming at night can interfere with your sleep patterns, leaving you feeling tired the next day.
Protect your eyes — and your sleep — with a pair of blue light gaming glasses from Pair Eyewear. They filter out blue light so your body can produce the melatonin it needs. Then you’ll be able to get the shut-eye you need to be on top of your game next time you’re online.