Your eyes need protection from screens, and these special glasses may help

Albert Sheng • March 23, 10:44

Competitive gamers are always looking for the next way to get a leg up on the competition. Advances in peripherals are a big part of this digital arms race, and recent advances are now taking into account both player performance and health.

While most gamers think about performance mice, keyboard, and headphones when they consider ways to better outfit their gaming experience, there’s a lot more to it than that. This includes some very basic needs, such as the way we see the action playing out on the screen in front of us.

The idea of staring at screens for prolonged periods of time has been a cause for concern. This is nothing new, as many modern players will likely recall their parents warning them of the potential effects of staring at screens for too long.

These concerns have some substance to them. Large studies have been conducted with the goal of better understanding the potential effects, in both the short and long term, of exposure to the blue light that is emitted by screens. It’s the same type of light emitted by the sun, and while screens emit this blue light in much lower concentrations, it’s still worth considering how this can affect those who spend copious amounts of time staring at screens.

Blue light does offer some benefits, but in excess it can also lead to eye strain, fatigue, and problems with sleep. And sleep issues are frequent enough already for many competitive gamers.

Companies such as Gamer Advantage are looking to create ways to mitigate these more negative effects. The company has a range of glasses with lenses that are designed to filter blue light while still preserving visible colors.

This last part may be particularly important to some players. There have been previous efforts to filter out blue light through glasses that have been physically unwieldy and, perhaps more disruptively, that have affected visible color ranges, which can potentially disrupt a player’s ability to respond to on-screen information.

Gamer Advantage boasts clinically proven results in its light-blocking efforts, and reports that nearly all of its surveyed glasses wearers found significant improvement in their sleep and in their eyes’ ability to feel relaxed indoors.

As the race to improve playing performance continues, peripherals that improve eye health and sleep habits will continue to play a major role. And with the sorts of advances being made by companies like Gamer Advantage, it’s easy to see why.

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