PC gaming is an excellent hobby, but it's not easy on the eyes. Hours of dimming on the monitor and RGB accent lighting can take their toll, especially with high blue light. This can make your eyes feel tired and dry, make existing conditions worse, and even cause focus problems or headaches. This is where gaming glasses can make a difference.
These glasses are designed with colored lenses and filters to hide disruptive elements of the spectrum and relieve the eyes. It could also be the ideal accessory for you (and it works just as well for console gaming). Here are some of our top tips on how they work, and why they are a worthy addition to your gaming setup.
If you're looking for more general computer reading glasses, this is also where you can find a guide to the best models.
Gunnar Optiks Play Glasses (Intercept / Onyx)
Gunnar creates some of the best gaming glasses out there. This model is particularly effective, yet it looks stylish. The tinted glasses can block 65% of blue light and 100% of UV light when you are playing near a window. They're also anti-reflective to deal with other surrounding light sources. This combination is perfect for protecting against dry eyes, headaches and blurred vision. The purchase also includes a microfiber pouch and cleaning cloth, as well as a 30-day return policy if you really don't think they're right for you.
Oh, and if you're wondering what this intercept / onyx tag means, it defines the design and color of the frames. We like Intercept / Onyx because it's a good middle ground that goes with a wide variety of styles. But you can also explore Gunnar's other options if you prefer a different look. The lens and its protective functions remain largely the same from model to model.
Hyper X gaming glasses
Most gaming glasses are tinted, usually yellow / orange, to cost-effectively combat blue light waves. It works, but it can have an impact on the quality of the game that may not be worth it for some players. These Hyper X glasses are expensive but come with clear lenses so you can still get accurate color information while you play. Do not worry! They still protect against blue light – you just have less color distortion.
There are four different frame styles to choose from, otherwise these glasses are not particularly customizable. Each buyer also receives a hard case for storage.
GameKing Ultra Clip-On
Some players are already wearing glasses on the computer. Sometimes optometrists can help you find glasses that contain prescription level correction and protection from blue light and UV light. However, if this isn't an option for you, we recommend these GameKing clip-on computer glasses. The rimless design works with a wide variety of glasses. The lenses are very effective, blocking 60% of all blue light and 85% of the most harmful blue light spectrum. They also protect against UV light and reflections to keep your eyes as comfortable as possible. You have a choice of clip styles, but it is recommended that your glasses have a frame no more than 38mm high.
Gamma ray blue light blocking glasses
Some gaming lenses have another function: magnification. This isn't actually designed to meet prescription requirements, so the lenses are not actually corrective. However, if you have minor problems, they can be useful to enlarge text on your monitor so you can navigate the game menus more easily. This can be very helpful when playing real-time strategy games (RTS). It can also help reduce blurry vision across the board. You can choose the magnification between 1.00x and 2.25x. The glasses not only protect against blue light, but also block UV light and reduce glare.
If you're not sure which zoom level will help you, don't buy until you have a good idea. If you already have a clear view, magnifying it is going to do more harm than good – it's not really a game improvement in itself.
Altec Vision Gaming glasses
Are you looking to save your money on other essential gaming accessories? Then we recommend these inexpensive glasses from Altec Vision. They have a durable, flat stainless steel frame with resin lenses to reduce blue light and block UV light. There's no magnification or added benefit, but it's a very solid choice in this price range, and the frames are better than more expensive versions if you're worried about breaking the glasses.
J + S Vision reading / play glasses
These glasses offer a wide range of choices for gamers who prefer some customization options. There are several styles to choose from including round, square, and classic rectangles. You can also choose from a variety of lenses, including lenses for low color distortion and lenses for high definition. However, this can also affect some of your style options. Regardless of your choice, all versions protect against 50% to 60% of blue light.