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“Bandage” Solutions Won’t Protect Your Eyes!

“Adaptive brightness on cell phones, tablets, and monitors isn’t doing anything to help at all.” You’ve likely seen a lot of our articles about how digital devices are clearly a source of many annoying issues including digital eye strain, macular degeneration, and melatonin suppression. When you ask the experts at Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics (The […]

Your Tired Eyes are Asking for a Break. Are you Listening?

In the health and wellness industry, a focus on healthy lifestyle as a reward well worth the cost and effort has existed as long as the industry itself. This idea, however, hasn’t really crossed over into the realm of eye protection until recently. Over the past year, with the assistance of professionals in all kinds […]

Exclusive: GUNNAR and Coke Esports Announce Partnership

We are extremely excited to announce we have partnered with Coke Esports on a collaborative special edition gaming eyewear project. Coca-Cola™ has made a large commitment to esports over the past few years, and with our patented technology, influencers around the world will receive the visual help they need. Just released with the help of […]

GUNNAR Partners with eSports and Crypto Giant Unikrn

Once again, we lead the charge in advancing esports and gaming performance with a revolutionary new partnership with Unikrn, a leading esports brand in the rapidly growing esports community. From our inception 10 years ago, we were the first and original non-peripheral-based company to support and promote esports, and here we are today moving this same […]

Health is the New Wealth

2018 is upon us and so begins a fresh start for countless people. It’s the season of New Year’s Resolutions when millions of individuals will promise themselves to eat more nutritious foods, increase their vitamin intake, hit the gym on a regular basis, and all sorts of other efforts in order to achieve a healthier […]

Do Apps That Block Blue Light Improve Sleep Quality?

With studies coming in left and right, it’s becoming more and more obvious that exposure to artificial light—especially from digital devices—is negatively affecting a growing number of people. Recently, NPR dove into the arena and reported on whether or not applications for phones, tablets, and computers were helping block blue light and improve sleep quality. […]

This Prominent Optometrist Uses GUNNAR, Find out Why

Digital World, Digital Problems The Digital Age is very much upon us, and the number of people exposed to digital devices for much of the day is increasing at an extremely high rate. Given this fact, it’s a little shocking that many people who know nothing about digital eye strain. In a study done earlier this […]

Women’s Eye Health at Work is Suffering. 4 Ways you Can do Better

The health and wellness gurus at Well+Good  posted an interesting article which discusses the need for women to pay better attention to their eye health, and we couldn’t agree more. W+G also shed some light on a recent American Academy of Ophthalmology report, which stated women are more likely to suffer from chronic dry eye, inflammation, […]

Why You Should Think About Digital Eye Strain, and How to Avoid it

Let’s face it, you’re surrounded by digital screens. The science fiction of the past is now reality. From laptops to tablets to cell phones, our world has gone from analogue to digital very quickly. Modern technology undoubtedly helps society in numerous ways. That same technology, however, also brings negative consequences. A shocking number of people […]

Nobel Prize Winners’ Research Proves Blue Light Affects Sleep

Congratulations to doctors Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young for winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine! These three American medical professionals studied fruit flies for decades in order to isolate one specific gene that dictates the body’s circadian rhythm. Their groundbreaking research leads the way to a more robust understanding of artificial light’s […]

Mission Possible: Protecting Your Eyes

GUNNAR’s mission (and yes we accept it) is to help you protect your eyes. The Mission.org wrote a thorough and engaging summary of the reason we exist. In this most recent article, they cover a treasure-trove of meaningful information about digital eye strain. Central to their article, as you might have guessed, is their perspective […]

Maximizing Work Performance

In the corporate world, if you don’t work effectively, efficiently, and thoroughly, everyone knows that someone else would happily take your place. Given this fact, it must be asked: why work so hard to succeed if you’re going to cripple yourself the second you clock out for the day? Determined employees focus on getting ahead […]

GUNNAR Teams with Globally Renowned Artist Hydro74 for Limited Edition Axial

CARLSBAD, Calif. – August 15, 2017 – GUNNAR Optiks®, the world’s leading creator and manufacturer of computer eyewear, is extremely proud to present the latest Limited Edition AXIAL designed by Hydro74. AXIAL just joined the ranks of new GUNNAR styles, and given Hydro74’s passion for contemporary art and his unique traditional style, it seemed fitting […]

Blue Light is Destroying Your Kids’ Eyes!

“Imagine it’s 2035 and you get a call from your son who proceeds to inform you that, at the young age of 32, he’s going blind as a result of macular degeneration.” As dramatic and shocking as this quote from a recent article by GoodMenProject.com sounds, the possibility of the scenario described should shock you even […]

GUNNAR Steams into Convention Season

The 2017 convention season is starting to pick up so we thought we’d share a bit about the upcoming events where you can find GUNNAR. There’s not much else in this world that gives us all the nerd-chills as much as hanging out in some foreign city, seeing friends, checking out the latest games and […]

Reader’s Digest Advice on Combatting Computer Vision Syndrome

We’ve long been touting the necessity of protecting your eyes; our company exists to promote that protection in the first place. Imagine our delight and surprise to learn that Reader’s Digest recently joined the fight. They jumped on board and shared some ways to keep your eyes safe. What Reader’s Digest Had to Say As […]

GUNNAR Celebrates Its Visionaries with The Movement Campaign

CARLSBAD, Calif. – April 7, 2017 – GUNNAR Optiks®, the world’s leading creator and manufacturer of computer eyewear, proudly announces the next phase of GUNNAR’s existence by launching a new 2017 marketing campaign. Expanding on the original My_Digital Life campaign that illustrated the need for eyewear due to the digital lifestyles of GUNNAR Visionaries such […]

Train Like an Athlete, Protect Your Eyes

You have probably noticed that we put a lot of effort into explaining the damaging effects of artificial blue light. You probably don’t know, however, that blue light effects your performance in athletics and other physical activity. Over the years, we have spoken to many trainers, and the athletes they work with. One of the […]

Revolutionary Eyewear for All

A Diva With Eye Strain Sheila Gaspers from TangoDiva.com had a problem. She was starting to feel the effects of digital eye strain. Feeling the draining symptoms of digital eye strain everyday could drive a person crazy. Unchecked, it probably would. Sheila, however, didn’t let blue light’s sapping force win out. Sheila picked up a […]

GUNNAR® and Razer™
Join Forces Again to Launch the New FPS

We are very excited to reveal the FPS designed by Razer™, The Next Iteration of Superior Gaming Eyewear. Now available, the FPS features flat, high-tinsel steel temple arms with the Razer logo boldly displayed along with the company’s iconic coloring, and tipped with adjustable acetate for comfort and compatibility with Razer headphones. Its modern, wrap-around […]

Sleeping Disorders on the Rise for U.K. Children

No Sleep In London A new study finds kids in the U.K. suffer from sleeping disorders at an alarming rate. Technology, according to the study, is to blame. The study shows that, compared to 10 years ago, three times as many children are admitted to hospitals for treatment of sleep disorders. They suffer not just […]

GUNNAR Welcomes Hydro74 to the Family

Coming from a background of abuse and neglect, not many would have thought Joshua Smith would have amounted to much in life. Very little was set before him in order to help him to a life of success. In fact, it was almost as if hurdles were deliberately put in his way. But for Joshua, […]

Are your computers destroying your body?

By Frank Gimbel, ABOC-AC Screens are just about everywhere we look today. Whether they are in the form of flat-screen TVs, PCs, laptops, cell phones, media players, smart watches, or some other technology, all of these devices can emit harmful blue light that can create digital eyestrain. With all this technology surrounding us, questions are […]

GUNNAR Partners with Gale Force eSports

We are both thrilled and honored to be able to announce today that we’ve officially partnered with Gale Force eSports. A well-respected professional gaming organization, Gale Force has already been loyal to GUNNAR so it was an easy decision to come alongside their Heroes of the Storm team to ensure they have the proper eyewear […]

A Look Back at 2016

Whew, what a year! Granted, many of you are probably saying “good riddance” to 2016, but for us, it was a momentous 365 days. From our travels around the U.S. bringing GUNNARS to various events and seeing our friends, to our incredible launches of many new styles which have all been well received, we’ve had […]

The eSports Phenomenon

Some people may not realize that esports has a storied history. Dating back to 1972, the first esports competition was held at Stanford University at an event called Spacewar. It was here that the esports name was coined. From there, its climb in popularity has been extremely slow. That is, of course, until recent years […]

GUNNAR Partners with Apparel Brand PUBLISH

What happens when you take the world’s leading creator and manufacturer of computer eyewear and team them up with Publish, a leading apparel brand? You get the new Publish Mod! Blending classic fashion with pure imagination, the Mod was designed to be casual in style with an air of sophistication. With Publish’s unique eye for […]

BlizzCon 2016 is Almost Here!

The most epic event all year for Blizzard fans around the world is almost here! BlizzCon has notoriously sold-out at record speed as thousands upon thousands of hopefuls virtually lining up in order to get their literal hands on tickets. The two-day event covers all things StarCraft, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, […]

GUNNAR Optiks @ TwitchCon

How do you sum up a whirlwind weekend in downtown San Diego at TwitchCon which was filled with thousands of fans and well-known personalities? Just another day at the “office” for GUNNAR! Twitch’s convention rolled out this year into our backyard and we have to say, it was pretty damn epic. Day 1, 2, and […]

PAX West was EPIC!

When 3 AM ticked over on September 1 and we started our trek to the Pacific Northwest, we had a feeling this year’s PAX in Seattle would be pretty big. What we didn’t expect was just how epic the show would be, and it’s taken us a few days to truly wrap our heads around […]

Exhaustion: A Modern Problem?

An article published by The Week asserts that “modern burnout,” does not exist. Their method for supporting this idea is a review of historical diagnoses and approaches to exhaustion. If exhaustion has always existed, then surely our modern exhaustion simply stands as one among many. Historical Theories of Health and Exhaustion The Greeks focused on […]

Going Back to School with the Right Gear

Summer’s coming to a close and it’s almost time to hit the books once again. Right now, most parents are probably having to navigate through a sea of emotions as students prepare to return to school. Consequently, this also means that most who are on their way back to hallowed halls of education will be […]

GUNNAR Introduces Two New Styles: Enigma and Havok!

We’re beyond stoked to introduce you to two new styles for Fall; ENIGMA and HAVOK. Both styles are armed with GUNNAR’s patented i-AMP® lens technology that is precision-engineered to eliminate eye strain and block the harmful effects of artificial blue light. Enigma Inspired by the world of espionage, ENIGMA combines lightweight comfort with a tech […]

Blue Light Harms Mental Health, New Study Shows

Debates rage in science across various subjects and disciplines. One area in which a general consensus exists, however, is the question of the negative effects of artificial blue light. The extent of the effects, the long term implications, and so on produces some disagreement. That being said, scientists tend to agree that blue light causes […]

Overwatch – Rise of the Next Great eSport

Blizzard has been predictably silent when it comes to officially announcing plans for Overwatch eSports. That, however, hasn’t stopped the eSports community at-large from prepping for what’s likely going to be an extremely popular competitive game to watch. Sure, small, unsanctioned tournaments have been popping up quite a bit, but what most are anxious to […]

Can’t Sleep? Blame the Light!

The artificial light, that is. It’s no mystery that our world is bathed in fluorescent and LED lighting, so it comes as no surprise that sleep, for many, is being disrupted. It’s gotten so bad, even Lifehacker has jumped into the fray to talk about it, and their article stems from a recent study done […]

Protecting Your Eyes in More Than One Way

Not long ago, we shared some pretty interesting statistics and information about Computer Vision Syndrome (digital eye strain), and how it’s a global condition. Since then, there have been some people who have asked us to better explain what we do. While the information has been readily available on our website, perhaps it’s time to […]

Computer Vision Syndrome: A Global Condition

It’s no mystery that digital eyestrain—also known as computer vision syndrome (CVS)—is a real condition that many of us experience. In the past year alone, dozens of new reports and studies have shown that prolonged exposure to blue light, and increased use of digital devices, have led to a proliferating amount of individuals seeking medical […]

Can Blue Light Alter Your Metabolism and Affect Your Weight?

According to a recent Northwestern University study, it can. During their research into the effects of artificial blue light on humans, metabolism, insulin levels, and glucose levels were shown to be negatively affected. Their study, which was published last week, showed that blue light manipulates metabolic regulation, and can lead to weight gain and potentially […]

The Gaming of Concussions

Brooke Benton is an extraordinary young woman. Simply put, she excels at pretty much anything she puts her mind to. That’s why her story is both unique and heartwarming, and was recently posted on the Lakeland, Florida website, TheLedger.com. Five years ago, Brooke was passionately diving to block a soccer ball from entering the goal. […]

Introducing Two New Styles: Cypher & Trooper!

GUNNAR is proud to release two new styles called Cypher and Trooper which are now available for purchase. Both frames encapsulate distinct GUNNAR DNA, while evolving tech computer eyewear to the next level. Designed to hack all traditional eyewear standards, Cypher merges classic, traditional styling with infused high-tech modern elements. Formulated with precision designed frame […]

Digital Eyestrain on the Rise

A growing number of optometrists and other medical experts have begun to get very serious about digital eyestrain. Helping give the subject recent headway in the eye care spectrum was a new study released by Vision Service Plan (VSP being the moniker most are familiar with). In it, research shows that by the time an […]

PAX East, Lobster Rolls, and GUNNAR

Holy smokes, PAX East was a whirlwind for GUNNAR Optiks this year! When we first stepped foot onto Boston soil, it was probably one of the most gorgeous days they’d seen in months – sunny, in the 70s, and clear skies all around. Not only that, but the area around the Boston Convention & Exhibition […]

GUNNAR Invades Heroes of the Dorm

This past weekend, the wonderful folks at Blizzard and TeSPA graciously invited GUNNARS to the Heroes of the Dorm event in Seattle, and wow, did we have a great time! The two-day finale was the culmination of a weeks long tournament that pit 64 collegiate Heroes of the Storm eSports teams from all around North […]

Myopia: No Longer Just a Genetic Condition

Myopia is often discussed casually and its significance in leading to more severe vision disorders isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. Essentially, those with myopia—sometimes referred to as myopes—are nearsighted, and they are able to see objects which are nearby, but objects at a distance appear blurry. According to research by the National […]

New Color and Sunglass Options Have Arrived!

This week, we revealed new color and sunglass options for the Micron, PPK, and Intercept styles, and the response thus far has been phenomenally positive. Let’s breakdown what’s new starting with color options. For Micron, there are two new 24K colors, Dark Ale and Tortoise, and a brand new color we’ve called Marble. Both Dark […]

PAX South Wrap-Up

It’s been just over a week since we landed in San Antonio, TX to attend PAX South 2016, and the memories are still very strong. The 3-day whirlwind event saw thousands of gamers from all over the US and the world come together to celebrate all things geek. More impressive, though, was the sheer volume […]

Computer Vision Syndrome and Kids

Computer Vision Syndrome (also known as Digital Eye Strain) is affecting a growing number of children, according to Vaught Eye Associates. In an effort to help raise awareness, the eye care specialists located in South Carolina released an article encouraging parents to be more cautious when it comes to the amount of time they allow […]

#CES2016: New Digital Eye Strain Report

The International Consumer Electronics Show is the largest technology exposition in the world. All of the latest and greatest advancements in the digital world are revealed at the event which takes place in Las Vegas. Despite there being some thrilling new inventions and breakthroughs this year, one subject took center stage: digital eye strain. During […]

Digital Eye Strain Debate Heats Up

The amount of research into the negative effects of high energy visible light (HEV) and blue light on our eyes has significantly increased in recent months. While vision experts agree that the sun emits blue light just like every electronic device with a screen, there is still much debate as to whether or not exposure […]

Google Reduces Blue Light

Google recently released a new patch for its iOS and Android Play Books app which added a new feature called Night Light. Featured on Engadget.com, it was reported that research done by the tech giant showed most users of the popular e-reader typically spent their time reading between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 […]

Digital Device Use on the Rise

A recent publication by The Vision Council has found that the number of digital device users has increased from 45% of American adults in 2012, to nearly 70% in 2015. The appeal of having nearly everything at your fingertips has helped advance the digital age at an almost alarming rate. We say almost because for […]

Light-Emitting Devices = Adverse Sleep Properties

Since being established, GUNNAR Optiks has been sharing that blue light emitted from digital devices manipulates your brain into slowing production of natural melatonin. The wavelength of blue light that is emitted from digital devices is similar to blue light that comes from the sun. As the sun rises in the morning, your brain senses the increase […]

Do ‘environmentally friendly’ LED lights cause BLINDNESS?

Spanish research has shown that blue LED light can irreparably damage the cells in the eye’s retina. This is not the first time energy-saving bulbs have been criticized – fluorescent bulbs emit dangerous UV light. Eco-friendly LED lights may damage your eyes, according to new research.A study has discovered that exposure to LED lights can cause […]

Digital eye strain can lead to dry and irritated eyes, fatigue, blurry vision and headaches.

One day after Sarah Hinkley had been working on her computer for about five hours, she noticed her eyes started to burn and feel dry. “My focus became blurry like I was looking through a haze,” she says. As an optometrist, Hinkley knew exactly what was wrong. She was suffering from digital eye strain, also […]

What is Digital Eye Strain?

What is Digital Eye Strain? Digital eye strain is the temporary discomfort that follows two or more hours of digital device use. A variety of electronic devices can cause digital eye strain, including televisions, desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and gaming systems, especially when they are used simultaneously or when switching repeatedly from […]

How To Reduce Headaches During Extended Gameplay Sessions

by John Carle, Mar 3 2014 It may sound gimmicky on the surface. If you tell someone there’s a special pair of glasses they can wear while gaming that will reduce eye strain, it sounds like hype to sell overpriced goods that don’t actually work. And at first, I would have agreed with that assumption. […]

“The most noticeable thing, and the whole point of this review, was the fact that the glasses worked as advertised.”

Reviews February 28, 2014 Gunnar Optiks Intercept Color Collection Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr. Date: 02/28/14 I’ve been gaming for a long time now. And in all my years of rescuing princesses and shooting friends online, not once did I think I would ever need eye protection. I mean sure, it was possible that I […]

Eyes on with the Gunnar SteelSeries Scope gaming glasses

By Ron Burke. When I saw the Gunnar glasses I had two thoughts – “those look like my shooting glasses”, and “why would I ever wear those while I game?”. As somebody who’s had the Lasik procedure on his eyes after wearing glasses for a decade, protecting my “investment” is always top of mind. That […]

GET IT!

By Kaleb Rutherford – 02/20/14 Gunnar Optiks has unleashed a new line of colorful glasses in their Intercept line of glasses. They come in a variety of colors including Cobalt, Fire, Ink, and Ghost. Each pair of Gunnar Optiks Intercept Color features a retro design with plastic that is very soft and doesn’t slip. When […]

Gunnar Optiks Emissary – Review

When one of our readers asked that we review a pair of Gunnar Optiks revolutionary computer glasses, my first question was “What are computer glasses?” Once I had researched a bit, I was slightly taken aback at the idea that I, with my 20/20 vision, would ever need a pair of these “computer glasses” that supposedly reduce […]

Like This: GUNNAR Optiks in the Facebook Store

GUNNAR Optiks glasses are now available in the Facebook store in their Menlo Park canvas, bringing visual ergonomics to the social media giant.

Kids’ Eyes are the Future: GUNNAR Optiks Visits Adobe Utah

Recently at the Lehi, Utah Adobe campus, GUNNAR Optiks participated in Bring Your Kids to Work Day to stress the need for visual ergonomics in children and adults.

Will Bionic Eyes be the Next Step in Vision?

Could medical technology to cure certain kinds of blindness be adapted for consumer technology?

GUNNAR at Rooster Teeth Expo 2013

GUNNAR Optiks was at the recent Rooster Teeth Expo in Austin Texas to talk about computer vision syndrome and share the benefits of wearing GUNNAR glasses.

GUNNAR at the MLG Spring Championship

GUNNAR Optiks was “throwing it back” at the MLG Spring Championship in Anaheim, CA. Congrats to all the big winners!

Synthesizing the Sense of Synesthesia

Synesthesia is a condition that changes your perception of sense. There are a few games out there that attempt to emulate that for those with “normal” perception.

GUNNAR Optiks in the Classroom

After receiving glowing reviews from 4th graders in a Las Vegas primary school, GUNNAR Optiks showed up with gifts and education for the kids.

Adobe Welcomes GUNNAR Optiks to the Swag Store

GUNNAR Optiks, after a successful test run, will be a featured product in the Adobe Swag Store in their San Jose facility.

GUNNAR Supports Healthy Vision Month

  May is Healthy Vision Month. If you are reading this, then you should be curious about healthy vision month. The reason for this is simple: you have eyes and you use them every day, all day and you are most likely reading this on a digital device screen. The reason this is important is […]

Recap: GUNNAR at Adobe Day

This past weekend at the Adobe facility in San Jose, CA, GUNNAR Optiks received an exclusive invitation to demo for Adobe employees. Adobe was recently recognized as one of the best companies to work. They were #2 on FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Software companies list, and one of the UK’s Sunday Times 100 Best Companies […]

GUNNAR Optiks Adds New Styles to Available Prescription Frame Offering

GUNNAR Optiks, the world’s leading manufacturer of computer eyewear today announced that they have expanded their collection of prescription available styles in response to increasing demand for custom computer and gaming glasses. GUNNAR continues to focus on developing ergonomically correct solutions to accommodate both prescription and non-prescription digital users. One of the most annoying issues […]

GUNNAR Optiks Expands International Distribution

Leading Computer and Gaming Eyewear Manufacturer Announces Major Global Expansion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: San Diego, CA April 2nd, 2013 – GUNNAR Optiks, the world’s leading manufacturer of computer eyewear, today announced that it recently expanded international distribution to cover France, Mexico, Cambodia and the Philippines. The move comes on the heels of the company’s recent […]

Packed GUNNAR Booth for Pax East 2013

Packed GUNNAR Booth for Pax East 2013 Pax East 2013 has come to a close – a week ago. After three days on the convention center floor, one finds himself feeling like a beaten down bag of potatoes. If that metaphor makes no sense, then you are in the right frame of mind for how […]

GUNNAR Optiks Locks Down Eyewear Patents

Here at GUNNAR Optiks, the technology behind our glasses is the life blood of our company. Protecting these innovations is a key point in being able to change your visual world for the better, while still keeping costs to the consumer low. So we’re proud to announce that U.S. Patent number 8,342,681 was awarded to […]

Then and Now: Vision in the Active Digital Life

Then and Now: Vision in the Active Digital Life There was a time when many of our daily activities required just as many different devices or environments. This time is commonly referred to as “back in the day” by most people, especially Generation X. That generation has been present through the shift from the analog […]

The GUNNAR Knight Out

Los Angeles, CA – The League of Legends World Championship is underway as the best GUNNAR ambassadors from Europe, North America, Korea, China and Southeast Asia battle it out for $2 million.  To celebrate the occasion (and forget about all the controversy and technical difficulties), we decided to hop in the GUNNAR Bus and take […]

GUNNAR Beta Tests Tournament Seeker at PAX Prime

PAX Prime is this weekend in Seattle, Washington.  GUNNAR is endlessly dedicated to the video game community, so naturally our team is stoked to once again hit the road in order to showcase our latest eyewear and gamer-inspired style, which are always hot over in our online store. With so many video game enthusiasts at […]

My week at E3 and MLG Anaheim

The dust has finally settled and the madness that was E3 and the Major League Gaming Anaheim Spring Championships has ended.  From new game releases at E3 to intense StarCraft 2, League of Legends, and Mortal Kombat action at MLG, Southern California played host to some of the top gaming and industry professionals from around […]

Ergonomics Will Keep You Gaming into the Future

by Curtis Silver Ergonomics. Over the years the term hasn’t changed the meaning, it means the same today that it did in the 1950s when it was fully accepted as a term and practice. However, it was not until the 2000’s that colleges began to offer it as a course of study towards a masters […]