Our sense of entertaining ourselves has vastly changed, all thanks to technology. Communication is now chatting online, interaction is through social media, sightseeing is through television and sports are now digital games.
Since their creation, games have been of great interest for everyone. Earliest games were very simple, basic and less accessible by the general public. With time, like everything else, games evolved, and also the technology running them, which resulted in them being accessible to the general public out there. And since then, they have become increasingly popular and one of the most famous modes of entertainment out there.
Games are very addictive. And because of this, people spend hours and hours playing them. They are designed in such a way that people stay curious and concentrated. With multiple modes, levels and added possibilities in a storyline, people are much more engaged in games then they were ever before. All this has allowed the games to be more than just entertainment, they have become highly competitive. International gaming competitions are held worldwide where pro gamers compete with each other and earn rewards.
Effects of Excessive Gaming:
But everything comes with its pros and cons. There are going to be benefits of everything, and also disadvantages. Games may be fun, but over time we have realized that there are some adverse effects with which people may suffer if they don’t change their habits or protect themselves against them somehow.
Gaming involves focusing on a display screen for countless hours. The more addictive a game is, more time will be spent on playing it. As a result, more harm will be caused.
As they say, excess of everything is bad. It certainly is true for gaming. Gaming has many disadvantages, like people who game a lot usually have a less impressive social life. Too much gaming can reduce the time they give to outdoor activities like sports plus it can also put a strain to the eyes which may not look harmful for a short period but is very bad in the long run.
The blue spectrum of the light emitted by the display screens can cause serious issues ranging from eye strain to keeping you up at night by disrupting sleep, and even cause blindness in some extreme cases, as suggested by researchers.
Now, it is quite bad indeed, but there is always something which we can do to avoid the adverse effects of staring at screens for long time periods, nullifying the blue light reaching our eyes or at least blocking part of it. The best thing out there for that is gaming glasses. Now, they come in a wide variety and because of that, it may be hard for you to decide which one to choose. So, in order to make things easy for you, we have reviewed some of the best gaming glasses out there, currently.
Best Gaming Glasses in 2019:
Before we go into detail about the type of gaming glasses out there, we need to clear a misconception. Many people out there think that gaming glasses will improve their gaming skills somehow. It simply isn’t true. They have the sole purpose of protecting your eyes and provide them comfort.
Yes, some gaming glasses pop the color a little bit, making the objects a little bit clearer. Some glasses also reduce the glare caused by the screen but ultimately, wearing them isn’t magically skyrocket you to the level of pros.
For our first contender, we have the Altec Vision glasses. By appearance, they are just another pair of glasses, nothing special here to see. Design is simple and worn by any other person out there. But, they don’t disappoint in protecting your eyes. If you do gaming enough to put a strain on the eyes every day, they are a necessity and something which comes easily in anyone’s budget.
The design is pretty simple. The frame at the top of the lenses is made up of stainless steel. The legs holding the frame are made up of plastic. So, it is a fairly regular design. The lenses contain a yellowish tint to them but it isn’t very noticeable and the tind is far less visible than many other gaming glasses out there. You can even use them as regular glasses and the tint would not look odd.
According to the claims made by Altec, these inexpensive glasses are the solution for blue spectrum light, glare and UV (ultraviolet) radiation emitted from a display while allowing up to 90% of harmless visible light to pass through the lenses. So, the display should not feel much dimmer with the glasses on.
- Relieves eye strain.
- Design isn’t great.
- Seems fragile.
If you are looking for decent glasses for the sole purpose of protecting your eyes, they are well equipped for that. But, if you would like to wear them outdoors too then they may not be a fashionable option but they sure are very inexpensive and do a great job for the price.
The Gamma Ray 801 fills the spot where Altec Vision lacked, its design. Gamma Ray 801 is all plastic. The lenses are beautifully curved at the edges, giving it a classy look. Because of the plastic, they are super light and you wouldn’t be uncomfortable even wearing them for a long time.
So, no more ugly depressions by glasses on top of the nose anymore. They come with a lifetime warranty for breakage. They also have a 90 day money back policy.
Gamma Ray 801 isn’t all about looks. They also provide protection to eyes from harmful radiations. They block Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B type radiations completely.
Furthermore, they also block some of the blue light reaching the eyes. They also come with a few magnification options to choose from. All this for just 10 dollars approximately.
- Great design.
- Wearable outdoors.
- Great protection.
- Not very efficient glare reduction.
With this price, these glasses do so much. The design is fashionable and you can wear it to events and parties. Plus it offers decent protection to eyes which will help a lot in eye strain. All this makes it a great buy and an exceptional product.
Moving on to gaming glasses frames which are a little bit expensive than the gaming glasses reviewed before. Priced at around 45 dollars, DUCO Optiks 090 has a lightweight design which offers a professional look to the wearer.
Made with a polymer, the rim goes full on to the edges of the lenses, giving it a classy look.
These lenses also have a slight tint which protects from glare of lights overhead. Prolonged exposures to these lights can sometimes cause issues like migraine. They also block blue light but a little less than other models (65%), reducing eye strain.
Along with that, they are efficient in blocking Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B radiation and are also good in preventing dry eyes.
- Great design.
- Decent protection for eyes.
- Suitable for outdoor use.
- Lenses don’t justify the price.
If we look at the lenses, they are not much different from the cheaper glasses out there. These glasses provide care to eyes similar to the cheaper frames we reviewed earlier. The price is justified with the design which is made specifically to suit and fit different face types and sizes. Their hinges allow for comfortability while preventing them from bending.
Coming from the same company DUCO, whose product we reviewed just before, we present to you, the DUCO 302. Just like the Optiks 090, 302 are also made without any compromise on the quality of glasses while retaining their elegant feel and look.
The design is pretty basic and decent, but the build quality is super fine and flexible, assuring that they will last long. And they look really nice when worn.
In blocking UV, glare and blue light, they are also very great. They offer a price range similar to the previous model by DUCO. Also, they come with a limited warranty for the duration of a year so you are covered for a whole year if you see a manufacturer’s fault in the glasses.
Along with all this, there’s also an option to get your prescription lenses in this frame.
- Decent design.
- Fine build quality.
- Not very fashionable, so only for gaming.
The main edge with these glasses is their customization. If you are nearsighted or farsighted and use your prescription lenses regularly and for everyday usage, you can order these glasses to have custom lenses specially made to suit your eye sight while having all the benefits of a gaming glasses.
The only slight drawback with these glasses is their design which isn’t well suited for outdoor use but nothing which is of much issue here.
Gunnar gaming glasses are famous with many gamers out there. The model we are reviewing, comes under the more pricier range, around 45 dollars. The Gunnar Optiks PHA-00101 allows to better the contrast of the display, which helps in better distinguishing objects in a gameplay, thus improving your performance.
They are also highly efficient in blocking blue light and UVs come with a coating on the lenses which resists any scratches on to the glass.
The frame comes in a flexible and stainless steel which allows for better and easier grip around the head thus keeping the nose pads from leaving their prints on the nose. The hinges are designed in such a way that they don’t bother with headphones.
- Durable lenses.
- Design suitable for use with headphones.
- Nose pads leave fewer marks.
- Comparatively expensive.
- Not suited for outdoor use.
These are great glasses. Most lenses get scratches on them over time which hinders the clarity, ultimately making them unusable. This is not the case with these glasses as the life of lenses has been extended with a coating which prevents scratches. So, these glasses are here to last long. The only drawback is they are expensive so may not be for some people who need glasses under budget but they are definitely worth the price.
Worth 25 dollars, these glasses, or more precisely extensions are a must buy. These glasses are actually lenses fitted with a clip which rests upon ordinary glasses, allowing them to become ‘gaming glasses’.
With this, you don’t need to buy prescription lens gaming glasses. You can simply use these extensions along with your current prescription glasses.
The lenses of these extensions are super durable. They not only protect against blue light, glare and Ultraviolet 400, they are also scratch, oil and stain resistant which will make your lens cleaning a less tiresome task.
They weigh just 12 grams so they are almost weightless. You will need to consider the weight of the glasses you use with them, though.
- Very lightweight.
- Scratch, oil and fog resistant.
- May feel heavy when used with glasses of considerable weight.
- May not fit properly with every frame out there.
These extensions are a must buy because of their stain repellant properties as well as eye protecting functionalities. The only drawback these extensions may face is they may not fit well with every glasses frame out there. I would recommend making sure that the extension fits perfectly upon your frame before making a purchase.
These weird looking glasses actually serve the purpose of sitting upon your existing glasses.
If you have prescription glasses which don’t offer protection against UV and blue light, DUCO Optiks 8954L can fit upon them, allowing you to have the best of both worlds.
The build is pretty nice, design is super flexible and the frame can be bent well without breaking it.
They don’t look very fashionable or classy to me but some people find them pretty neat.
- No need to buy gaming glasses of your prescription.
- Decent build.
- Lifetime warranty in case of breaking.
- Made for wearing upon an existing frame, which may make them uncomfortable.
- Not suitable for outdoors.
Wearing two frames at once for lengthy periods of time may cause some people to get uneasy with these glasses. If you wear prescription glasses and think this would not be the case for you, they are a decent and reliable solution for your gaming battles.