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How To Clean GUNNAR Glasses

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Any glasses-wearers will tell you the importance of keeping your lenses clean. Without clean lenses, you’re looking at dirt and smudges all day; with clean lenses, you might forget you’re even wearing glasses. Computer and gaming glasses put some users into an interesting situation. While many who buy GUNNARs already wear prescription or reading glasses, many others only wear GUNNARs and only when in front of a screen. For both groups, keeping your glasses clean matters. The latter group, however, simply has less experience owning and maintaining glasses. GUNNARs are an investment in your health and comfort. Today we offer some advice on protecting and maintaining your investment.

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Cleaning GUNNAR Glasses

Anyone can clean their GUNNAR computer glasses, and everyone should. Below we have advice on thorough cleaning and everyday maintenance for your GUNNARs.

Thorough Cleaning

Simply take the following steps to thoroughly clean your GUNNARs.

  1. Use a dry, soft cloth to remove excess loose dirt, dust, or grime. If you start right in with the spray or a wet wipe, you might waste some of it one thing you could have removed easily without the moisture. Plus, the loose build-up can be absorbent. When you get it wet, then try to clean the lenses or frames, you might end up smearing around the mess rather than cleaning it.
  2. Apply lens cleaning spray either to a soft cloth or to the lenses and frame directly. If you have a lot of build-up (we get it, not everyone cleans their GUNNARs every day), then spraying directly on may be necessary to get it all. For normal maintenance cleaning, however, a little spray onto the cloth should do the trick. If you’re using a wet cloth, wipe the frames and lenses down entirely, focusing on specific areas as needed. If you’re spraying directly, thoroughly spread the spray all over the glasses.
  3. After wetting the glasses, take a dry soft cloth and lightly, but thoroughly, rub the lenses and frames till dry and streak-free. This step may require patience. Check to see that all the liquid is gone. Check to see if all streaks and smudges have been removed. If not, continue the process until the glasses are dry, clean, and shining.

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For all of your cleaning needs, check out GUNNAR’s inexpensive Eyeglass Lens Cleaner Kit.

Routine Maintenance

Such a thorough cleaning may not always be necessary. In the case that you regularly check your glasses and keep them clean, simple maintenance may be all you need. There are a few ways you can approach such maintenance.

  1. Use a Glasses Cleaning Wipe: Individually packed glasses wipes offer a simple, quick, on the go solution to daily light maintenance. In a pinch, these wipes will offer a more thorough clean as well. However, their portable nature lends them to quick, convenient use when only simple touch up cleaning is all you need.
  2. Use a Dry, or Moistened Soft Cloth: Soft cloths, like the ones that come in glasses cleaning kits, offer static cling that allows them, when dry, to absorb dust and grime that has not clung to the glasses. For cases when the small amount of filth is stubbornly attached to your glasses, just add a little water to a corner of the cloth. After you’ve cleaned the problem area, use the dry portion of the cloth to avoid streaks.

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GUNNAR sells cost-effective lens cleaning wipes for your every day GUNNAR cleaning needs. 

Keeping it Clean

Taking care of your GUNNARs will help you use them more. No one wants to wear dirty, smudgy glasses. Keep yours clean, and you’ll definitely wear them more. Furthermore, even if you don’t mind the smudges, they can make it harder to see, and that might cause strain. So, do your eyes a favor, and keep your GUNNARs clean. Get the tools you need to maintain your GUNNARs right today.

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The Best Solution for Protecting Your Eyes from Blue Light

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Every day the negative effect of blue light’s on your eyes gains additional scientific confirmation. Given the various credible, peer-reviewed studies on the subject, the scientific community has essentially reached a consensus. For practical reasons, let’s accept the scientific conclusions thus far reached. Now what? Business has, fortunately, kept up with the science in this case. Many products exist solely to protect your eyes from blue light. The difficulty is not finding something that claims to protect you, the difficulty is finding the product that protects you best. The way we see it, there are essentially three viable solutions to the problem of blue light: Software (ex: Flux), Safety Glasses, or Blue Light Glasses. Today we run down each of these three possibilities and compare and contrast.

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Flux

What is it?

Flux (technically called “f.lux”) is downloadable software that changes the color palate of your computer screen. Much of the blue light we deal with comes from our computers. Flux seeks to combat the blue light by adjusting the color of light the screen emits automatically at sundown. The idea being that when the sun sets you want less blue light so your body’s clock can naturally wind down. When blue light hits your eyes after sundown your body can be tricked into believing it’s still daytime.

Does it Work?

Flux, and other software or features like it, work somewhat. By adjusting the color of the screen, of course the amount of a given light color will be somewhat reduced. The truth is, such reduction can only go so far. No matter how much you change the color of the screen, the LED light sources for digital screens emit blue light. You can reduce it somewhat, but you can’t change the light source by adjusting the color. Furthermore, the color of the screen changes substantially with the use of such applications. The color goes from normal to an orange hue. Most people aren’t willing to deal with that much of a color-shift, not even at night, and especially not all day long.

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Yellow Safety Glasses

What is it?

In principle, yellow safety glasses take the same approach as Flux. The logic goes, if you want to filter blue light, use a color on the opposite side of the color spectrum. Safety glasses come in various colors, but the yellow ones are meant to protect your eyes from blue light. Their professed use goes across the spectrum, from regular indoor lights like florescent tubes, to computer monitors. Furthermore, proponents of safety glasses claim that regular yellow safety glasses also provide protection outside. To this end, hunters use them to brighten their field of vision without otherwise impairing them.

Does it Work?

Like Flux, yellow safety glasses work fairly well. Given their broad purported use, however, they do not work especially well at protecting eyes from digital screens. They do protect somewhat, but using safety glasses to protect from digital eye strain or sleep issues is like using broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat a condition with a known source and a known targeted cure. While it may help in a general way, it cannot provide the targeted protection needed to keep your eyes safe.

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GUNNAR Blue Light Glasses

What is it?

GUNNAR makes blue light blocking eyewear specifically designed to protect your eyes from the blue light emitted by your digital devices. Their product is targeted to gamers, and anyone who spends significant time in front of digital screens. GUNNAR’s patented lens technology provides a product specifically designed for the job that not only blocks blue light, but reduces glare. They have the highest BLPF of any competitor. This combination provides protection from digital eye strain. At night, the blue light blocking they provide helps regulate the sleep cycle.

Does it Work?

Comparing GUNNAR vs. Flux, GUNNAR can block blue light and has a distinct measure of how much is blocked. Flux can only diminish the color of the light, but the light source remains blue. Furthermore, studies show that blue light blocking, amber-tinted glasses like GUNNAR do not change visual perception of color or clarity, unlike Flux. Comparing GUNNAR vs. Safety Glasses, GUNNAR targets the problem, and efficiently solves it. Safety glasses offer a broad range of protection but leave your eyes insufficiently protected from its greatest threat: digital screens.

Of the many solutions, only one offers the protection you need for your eyes. Find out more today about the various lens options GUNNAR offers.

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The Best Blue Light Reading Glasses

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Staring at a screen all day harms your eyes. So, naturally, you put on your blue light blocking glasses. But, then squinting at a blurry screen all day only makes matters worse. So, of course, you wear reading glasses to help. But what about the blue light? Well, it turns out that there are reading glasses with blue light filter technology built-in. No need to choose between squinting and pummeling your eyes with blue light. The question, of course, is which blue light reading glasses to choose.

GUNNAR Vs. The Competition

Most people intuitively understand that reading glasses, if they’re comfortable and the right level of magnification, all work pretty much the same. The key question for those stuck reading from digital devices is blue light blocking. Several companies out there make blue light blocking reading glasses. Felix Gray produces blue light blocking reading glasses, as do Pixel and Gamma Ray. Their products, by most accounts, work well enough. The question comes down to the level of protection.

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Sunscreen’s job is to protect your skin from the sun, its ability to do so is measured in sun protection factor (SPF). Blue light glasses are meant to protect your eyes from blue light. At GUNNAR we break protection down to Blue Light Protection Factor (BLPF). BLPF measures on a scale from 1-100. The number represents the percentage of blue light blocked by the lenses in question. In a comparison done between the various companies mentioned in the previous paragraph, only Gamma Ray came anywhere close to the level of protection GUNNAR offers. And they only measured close to our lowest level of protection. While Felix Gray blue light glasses may be popular, they don’t offer the level of protection you need. GUNNAR’s patented lens technology offers protection from 35 BLPF, all the way to 95 BLPF (for those using their screens at night).

The Best Blue Light Reading Glasses from GUNNAR

Even if you don’t consider the offerings from other brands, GUNNAR offers a wide array of reading glasses. To help you in the daunting task of deciding which to choose, below we run down two of our most popular options. Vertex, for men and women, and Jewel for women.

Vertex Reading Glasses

lens width: 54 mm | nose: 16 mm | frame width: 136 mm | temple: 135 mm | weight: 22 grams

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Vertex is our highest rated unisex reading glasses. Comfortable frames, a modernized take on a classic shape, available with clear (35 BLPF) or amber (65 BLPF). They come with a free microfiber pouch and cleaning cloth. With an overall rating of 4.6/5, our customers love them! They include:

  • Wide-format lenses create an unobstructed panoramic, high-resolution field of view
  • Pin hinge design creates incredible durability
  • Curved nose rests provide even weight distribution and eliminate pressure points
  • Injection-molded engineering-grade frame polymers provide durability and flexibility
  • Proprietary patented GUNNAR lens material and tint
  • Blocks harmful blue light and 100% UV light
  • Asian Fit Compatible

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Jewel Reading Glasses

lens width: 54 mm | nose: 16 mm | frame width: 129 mm | temple: 135 mm | weight: 30 grams

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Jewel, although slightly higher rated than Vertex (4.7 rather than 4.6), were specifically designed for women in the classic cat-eye shape. Like Vertex, they come with a free microfiber pouch and cleaning cloth. They include:

  • Acetate frame materials
  • Lightweight construction and proper weight balance guarantee long-wearing comfort without pressure points or fatigue
  • Wide-format lenses create a panoramic viewing field for high-resolution viewing
  • Proprietary patented GUNNAR lens material and tint
  • Blocks harmful blue light and 100% UV light
  • Asian Fit Compatible

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We’ve got you started, now all you need to do is check out the rest of them, and find the blue light reading glasses that are right for you!

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Which GUNNAR Lenses Are Right for Me?

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If you’ve spent much time on our website, you’ve likely noticed our variety of lens options. If you’re anything like me, you probably look at all of them and have no clue how to choose. Various factors play into the decision, making it a tough one. Higher versus lower protection, color versus clear lenses, outdoor versus indoor lenses, which one’s will do the trick? Today we offer an outline of the purpose of various types of lenses, and how to choose.

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A Quick Note For All GUNNAR Users

You’ll notice as we break this down that regardless of why you need GUNNAR, you should be asking “how much protection do I need?” At bottom, this question takes in all of the advice that follows. The key difference between the lenses is Blue Light Protection Factor (BLPF). Just like skin protection factor (SPF) in sunscreen, we rate our lenses based on how well they protect your eyes. Bear this in mind as we go through our various lens types one by one below.

Lens and Glasses Types and Needs

As the name indicates, GUNNAR designed gaming glasses for gamers. The main difference with the glasses for gamers is the frame design. The frames focus on comfort and compatibility for gaming (for example, specific designs to work with headsets). The lens options for each type of glasses are the same (although some lens types are only available with certain frames, narrow your search in our store to see which frames are available in the lens type you need). If you prefer a different set of frames, any frames that support the type of lenses you need will do just fine for you. Our patented technology, however, is not in the frames, but in the lenses!

One other thing to note: GUNNAR offers corrective lenses. Our frames and lenses can accommodate prescription and (in some cases) reading lenses.

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Clear Lens

This lens offers the lowest BLPF (35). Individuals using clear lenses receive greater protection than normal glasses, but less than Amber, Sun, or Amber Max lenses. Such lenses work best for those with the lowest need of protection. Casual technology users who sometimes experience eye strain and other symptoms will generally find these glasses to work quite well. If this description applies to you, and you prefer to not wear amber lenses for aesthetic reasons (it’s ok, we get it), Clear lenses might be for you.

You should consider getting Clear lenses if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • Use your phone 1-2 hours per day at most
  • Do not use a computer for work
  • Experience minimal, but present, symptoms of digital eye strain
  • Rarely work in low light areas
  • Exposure to artificial blue light is a minimal concern
  • Play video or computer games only casually, or not at all
  • Sleep cycle suffers hardly at all from your use of digital devices

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Amber Lens

Amber lenses take a big jump in BLPF from clear (65). The lens color changes, and the protection nearly doubles. These lenses offer protection to those who use technology much more frequently. If use of technology figures as a central part of your day, you should consider using amber lenses. If functional protection is the name of the game, amber lenses might just be for you.

You should consider getting Amber lenses if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • Use your phone for 3+ hours per day
  • Use a computer for work
  • Experience persistent symptoms of digital eye strain
  • Work infrequently in low light areas
  • Exposure to artificial blue light is a regular part of your day
  • Play video or computer games frequently, for extended periods of time
  • Suffer moderate sleep cycle issues from your digital devices

Many modern careers and pastimes point toward this, our most popular lens. Graphic designers, software engineers and coders, bloggers, pro gamers, and individuals in related careers would all benefit from Amber lenses.

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Sun Lens

The other types of frames outlined focus on indoor use. As you might have guessed, our sun lenses are for outdoor use. These lenses provide a higher BLPF (90) for those who spend long periods out in the sun, with our without technology. Those who use clear lenses indoors should also note that we offer transition lenses that go from Clear to Sun tint (although the BLPF is always 35 in these lenses).

You should consider getting Sun lenses if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • Work outdoors frequently for long periods
  • Experience headaches or other eye strain symptoms in sunlight
  • Use digital devices outdoors during the day

Of course, we should note that anyone who wears sunglasses will benefit from a pair of GUNNAR sunglasses. The BLPF on your current glasses likely leaves your eyes vulnerable. Why only protect your eyes indoors?

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Amber Max Lens

Now we’ve reached MAXIMUM PROTECTION! Amber max, with the highest BLPF we offer (95) is designed for the most sensitive eyes. This level of protection allows almost no blue light through. The downside, of course, is the darkness and color of the tint. If you feel you need the level of protection offered by Amber Max, however, any downsides will disappear with the relief you’ll experience with use.

You should consider getting Amber Max lenses if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • Frequently work using technology at night or in very low light
  • Regularly game for extended periods of time at night or in very low light
  • When using technology you experience extreme symptoms of digital eye strain
  • Your sleep cycle suffers significantly from your use of digital devices
  • Consultation with an eye doctor recommends extreme protection

Remember the list of occupations and pastimes listed under Amber lenses? Plug all of those in here, and take away the light. If you work at night doing any of the careers listed under Amber, Amber Max may be the lens for you.

A Quick Recap

Below is an image that briefly describes each of the lens types.

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The Next Step

Now you have all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about which GUNNAR lens is right for you. The next step is to choose your level of protection. Move forward today with GUNNAR’s patented lens technology, and join the movement!

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What are the Best GUNNAR Glasses for Gaming?

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If you’re a gamer, this article is for you! No one can compete with GUNNAR’s patented lens technology which provides unparalleled protection against UV light and blue light. With migraines, dizziness, dry eye, eye strain and fatigue plaguing those who play games unprotected, GUNNAR’s state of the art lenses keep you gaming with no adverse effects.

Once you have decided to invest in your eyes with GUNNAR’s lenses, you may ask yourself, which gaming glasses are right for me? This article compares four of our most popular gaming glasses, to help you find what frame is best for you.

  • Best Overall Gaming Glasses: FPS Designed by Razer

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    Highly versatile and highly comfortable, the FPS model designed by Razer reigns as the best overall. At 26 grams, FPS is the lightest gamer glasses model. These glasses were specifically designed for compatibility with Razer headsets. With adjustable nose pads and flexible temples, these glasses work well for a wide variety of head and face types. If you want it all, these frames have got it all!

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    SPECS:

    • Lens width: 57mm
    • Nose: 18 mm
    • Frame: 140 mm
    • Temple: 138 mm
    • Weight: 26 grams
  • Best for Style Gaming Glasses: Intercept

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    If you want to protect your eyes in style look no further than the Intercept. This sleek retro frame design marries the future with the past. You get GUNNAR’s patented lens technology, plus a great looking pair of glasses. The frames are a bit larger than those of other styles. And with these ones, the temples are not as flexible. If you have a huge brain (slightly larger head), then these may not be for you (give the FPS or RPG a try though!). Less compatible with headphones, so if that’s important for your gaming experience, try one of the other models.

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    SPECS:

    • Lens width: 58 mm
    • Nose: 17 mm
    • Frame Width: 133 mm
    • Temple: 135 mm
    • Weight: 33 grams
  • Best for Comfort Gaming Glasses: RPG Designed by Razer

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    If no matter what game you’re playing comfort is the name of your game, then RPG Designed by Razer is your go to! Designed to be solid and durable, the RPG weighs 33 grams. The hinges and frames on these are crazy flexible (more so than the FPS). They’ll fit almost anyone, and they’ll be comfortable. The ear guards are bendable to adjust to you. Just like the FPS, these were designed with Razer headsets in mind. Comfort, durability, and practicality: what more could you need?

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    SPECS:

    • Lens width: 62 mm
    • Nose: 17 mm
    • Frame Width: 141 mm
    • Temple: 120 mm
    • Weight: 33 grams
  • Best for the Widest View Gaming Glasses: Torpedo

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    If you are not used to wearing glasses or find the edges of glasses distracting to your gaming experience, the Torpedo is made for you. With a half-rim frame for minimal visual distractions, this frame has a great design for panoramic viewing. At only 24 grams, a mere gram heavier than the FPS model, the Torpedo is very lightweight. Like the FPS and RPG, its design also allows for audio headset compatibility, but is not specifically designed for Razer headsets.

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    SPECS:

    • Lens width: 73 mm
    • Nose: 18 mm
    • Frame: 140 mm
    • Temple: 120 mm
    • Weight: 24 grams

No matter what pair you pick, you’re getting GUNNAR’s patented lens technology, and excellent BLPF. Now that you know everything you need to about these gaming glasses, go grab whichever pair suits you best.

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Exclusive: GUNNAR and Coke Esports Announce Partnership

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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 the Coke Esports team, the Limited Edition Coke Esports-branded Enigma and microfiber bag have landed and are currently being given out to Coke Esports’ friends of the brand.

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Coke’s involvement in esports dates back to 2013, but their first major contribution came in their sponsorship of the 2014 League of Legends World Championship. . Just last year they launched their major partnership with FIFA eWorld Cup. Coke, as you can see, is quickly becoming closely associated with esports.

Two Esports Giants Join Forces

If Coca-Cola is one of the first brands you associate with esports, GUNNAR can’t be far behind. Our relationship with the esports community is central to our mission of reducing eyestrain and the negative effects that go along with it. A partnership between Coke Esports and GUNNAR represents an exciting meeting of two giants in the esports world.

“We are very excited to partner wih Coke Esports on this exclusive ENIGMA project for true esports gaming enthusiasts,” stated Scott Sorensen, GUNNAR President. “Both of our brands share a passion for making life and your gaming experience extraordinary. Both brands accent each other; Coca Cola refreshes the body while GUNNAR glasses keep the eyes refreshed.”

The Bottom Line

The world of esports is growing at an exponential rate and for GUNNAR to have the opportunity to join forces with Coke Esports is a huge honor. Whether gamers are engaged in feverish competition or honing their skills, GUNNAR and Coke Esports will be protecting their most valuable asset: their eyes.

Join thousands of other esports enthusiasts and pros, and get on the GUNNAR Movement bandwagon with the Enigma which is in stock now.

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GUNNAR Teams with Globally Renowned Artist Hydro74 for Limited Edition Axial

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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 to combine his work with the frame. The Hydro74 AXIAL features a spectacularly imagined and one-of-a-kind pattern which is emblazoned on the temples, and is coupled with a befitting all-seeing eye to symbolize his visionary talent.

The Limited Edition Hydro74 AXIAL comes with patented i-AMP® lens technology which is precision-engineered to eliminate eye strain and block the harmful effects of blue light. Multi-barrel hinges and soft, comfortable temples provide ideal comfort, while its shape and curved nose rests help distribute weight perfectly. Balance, comfort, style, and now exclusive appeal all in one. There are only 300 Limited Edition pieces of the Hydro74 AXIAL available and it starts at an MSRP of $69.99.

In an effort to defy his dark past, Hydro74 applies his story and determination directly into his illustrations and designs. He chose to become rather than be defeated, and it shows in the Limited Edition Hydro74 AXIAL. GUNNAR couldn’t be more pleased and honored to feature Hydro’s incredibly unique style on the new AXIAL. Hydro74 was defined by defiance and aims to change tomorrow for the better. Now you can join him in his quest.

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GUNNAR is the only patented computer eyewear recommended by doctors to protect and enhance your vision. GUNNAR’s premium computer eyewear defends eyes against short and long-term effects of digital eye strain due to exposure to digital screens, and harmful blue light. Each of GUNNAR’s models are forged with high-strength, lightweight frame materials to provide long-lasting durability and optical stability.

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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 as 50 Cent, Adam Sesler, DJ Skee, and Dyrus – GUNNAR launches The Movement: a campaign spotlighting top influencers and why they choose to protect their eyes.

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Wearing GUNNAR eyewear as part of each Visionary’s daily arsenal to do what they do is no longer just recommended by medical professionals, it has become a movement. A pure movement to improve their lives, their performance, and their health. The new campaign features some of GUNNAR’s biggest Visionaries who enjoy incredible success thanks in part to their loyal and dedicated use of GUNNAR eyewear. A GUNNAR Visionary is a successful influencer who relies on the use of digital devices to master their career of choice. Starting with professional gamers, streamers, content creators, hackers, and digital artists, these Visionaries are shown wearing their frame style of choice while acknowledging that their accomplishments have been reached in part by protecting their eyes along the way.

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The Movement campaign will kick off with legendary influencers like Mari “AtomicMari” Takahashi, Josh “Hydro74” Smith, Joseph “Swiftor” Alminawi, Scott “Highsage” Scheferman, and Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios. New Visionaries will be added throughout the year.

“This is a great campaign that recognizes the influencers who have helped create The Movement that has been a huge part in building the GUNNAR brand,” said GUNNAR President, Scott Sorensen. “Our Visionaries are a true testimonial to GUNNAR Optiks’ success in preventing digital eye strain and helping driven people achieve their goals.”

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In 2016, GUNNAR focused on better educating the world about the issues of digital eye strain and how GUNNAR can help their daily digital lives. Through these marketing efforts, professionals in the video game, eSports, cyber security, and traditional athletic worlds jumped on board both in an effort to enhance their work while improving their performance. And from this, the GUNNAR Movement was fortified. Organically, it was no longer just about having eye protection, it was also about joining the growing number of wildly successful professionals in all fields who rely upon GUNNAR Optiks to help them dominate their respective goals. Using superior imagery and straightforward testimonials, GUNNAR is now focused on enhancing and spreading the message to everyone. It’s now time to join The Movement of believers who have made their lives better. Succeed on!

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GUNNAR is the only patented computer eyewear recommended by doctors to protect and enhance your vision. GUNNAR’s premium computer eyewear defends eyes against short and long-term effects of digital eye strain due to exposure to digital screens, and harmful blue light. Each of GUNNAR’s models are forged with high-strength, lightweight frame materials to provide long-lasting durability and optical stability.

 

About GUNNAR®

Founded in 2006, GUNNAR Optiks®, LLC designs and engineers Computer Eyewear to protect and enhance vision using revolutionary technology solutions. GUNNAR introduced the Technology Eyewear category in 2008, and pioneered the only patented lens technology to reduce digital eye strain and fatigue issues associated with computer use. GUNNAR is a privately-held company headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, visit gunnar.com.

 

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Revolutionary Eyewear for All

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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 pair of the GUNNAR Haus. After a few weeks of testing, she felt much better.

In her review of Haus, Sheila summarizes the symptoms of digital eye strain. She asks, “Have you suffered from dry eye, headaches, blurry vision, eye fatigue, insomnia? If so, it is time to focus on the reality and negative result of modern day advancements – Computer Vision Syndrome.”

I know, you’re reading her words and thinking, “geez, I’ve definitely had those side effects.” You’re not alone! 65% of the population suffers the effects of digital eye strain, according to Sheila’s review.

The problem, as she puts it, is “prolonged exposure to close distance viewing of computer screens and other devices.” When you’re a writer like Sheila, however, you can’t simply stop viewing your screens. Screens, when they’re your livelihood and your passion, will always be a part of your life. So, what’s a girl to do?

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A Solution That works

Sheila did not sit back and suffer in silence. Instead, like so many others, she “found relief and assurance with GUNNAR computer eyewear.” GUNNAR, as Sheila noted, takes a multifaceted approach to relieving eye strain. Our patented lens technology:

  • Reduces Glare with Anti-Reflective Coatings
  • Protects Eyes by Blocking Blue Light
  • Adds Contrast that Sharpens Viewing
  • Prevents Dry Eye & Minimizes Muscle Fatigue
  • Increases Magnification to Provide Clarity

Some of GUNNAR’s most loyal and avid followers include “avid gamers and software developers who are connected 24/7 to their screens.” However, Sheila put it best when she said, “GUNNAR’s technology is a scientific solution created with the needs of all computer users in mind.”

And, in case you hadn’t noticed, the Haus look very good on Sheila, thanks to the “haute,” design. She found that she “turned heads at the office.” GUNNAR designs our products to be practical, but also to suit the tastes of “even the most discerning diva.”

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A Mission to Benefit All

This review, among the many we receive, is special because of the reviewer. Sheila speaks from experience of a woman, and primarily to an audience of women. GUNNAR Optiks, as Sheila shows very well, wasn’t founded only to benefit the males that often dominate gaming and coding. Our products help all computer users protect their eyes from computer vision syndrome. Thank you, Sheila and Tango Diva!

Haus comes in three colors, Onyx, Onyx Fade, and Tortoise, in both amber and crystalline, and they’re all currently in stock.

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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 design provides users with style along with excellent peripheral coverage for the most intense battles. The FPS comes with GUNNAR’s patented i-AMP® lens technology which is precision-engineered to eliminate digital eye strain and prevents the harmful effects of artificial blue light. The adjustable nose pads and width at the temples offer excellent compatibility with a wide variety of face shapes.

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“GUNNAR has advanced eyewear technology for PC gamers since its beginning, and we have enjoyed working with them over the years on custom designs for our Esports athletes and fans alike,” says Min-Liang Tan, Co-Founder and CEO, Razer. “The amount of time that pro gamers dedicate to their training puts them in front of computer screens for extreme periods of time. Our new FPS model of GUNNAR glasses will help ensure that players have an advantage over competitors with clearer vision and reduced eye fatigue.”

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The GUNNAR partnership with Razer marches forward with a design that’s sure to appeal to a wide variety of computer users and gamers. Inspired by the popular FPS video game genre, the GUNNAR FPS designed by Razer offers contemporary and modern styling with lightweight comfort.

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GUNNAR Welcomes Hydro74 to the Family

a4940646195093.5607c56c4ff49 - GUNNAR Welcomes Hydro74 to the FamilyComing 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, it wasn’t about being a victim and succumbing to the pressure, it was about never giving up. In what he refers to as “Defined by Defiance” and stemming from one of the darkest moments of his life, Hydro74 was borne. During a time when he could have thrown it all away, he found hope.

Fast-forward to today, and Hydro74 has since built himself up to be one of the most gifted and successful artists of our time. For 16 years now, he’s immersed himself into the world of contemporary art pushing the boundaries of design to limits few have been able to achieve. From movies to video games and even beer, Hydro74’s mind-blowing artwork can be found on so many pieces of paper, items, and other objects that it would be next to impossible to count it all. No, seriously, go to Google, type in “Hydro74”, and just spend a minute or two scrolling through the images that pop up. (Try not to get too distracted by the pieces you find absolutely enrapturing . . . which you inevitably will.)

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One look at Hydro74’s resume and you’ll be thinking you’re looking at a sponsor list for the Academy Awards or something bigger. Hasbro, Lucas Films, Legendary Pictures, Nike, Under Armor, Dos Equis, Captain Morgan, Rip Curl, Macy’s, Playstation, Gears of War, Microsoft, New York Times, and a whole lot more don the massive list of companies who have sought out his stellar skills. It goes without question that we can’t even begin to explain how much of an honor it is to have Hydro74 join our Visionary team. Welcome to the family, Joshua!

To learn more about Hydro74’s incredible climb to success and to see some of his work, click here. Hydro74 protects his eyes while working on his PC by wearing the GUNNAR Cypher which you can find here.

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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 a very exciting year. So, we figured we’d try and close it out by capturing a handful of highlights in one image that doesn’t even come close to showing everything that blew our minds. Still, we gave it the old college-try:

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Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert, ZeRo, Pamela Horton, Swiftor, Trick, Jake Stormoen, Kitty Houseknife, Mari Takahashi—all of our Visionaries; Game Grumps, Razer, Tespa, Publish, and so many more really helped make 2016 the most amazing year in our nearly 10-year history of creating the very best computer eyewear in the entire world. As we sit here anticipating all the great things coming in 2017 (and there’s a lot on the way!), we can’t help but take a moment to look back with sincere appreciation at all of the love and support. Here’s to each one of you for being so amazing and, might we add, really, really good looking in your GUNNARS!

 

 

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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 art and innovation, this new frame perfectly defines their passionate desire to deliver timeless products that refine daily life.

Publish Mod options include amber lens for daily protection while in front of a digital device, and sunglass for when you’re ready to step outside with a confident flair. To learn more about the Publish Mod and to purchase a pair, click here.

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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 design that provides incredible peripheral viewing. This new frame is equipped with tech features like multi-barrel hinges anchored into injected molded temples, even weight distribution nose rests, and engineering grade frame polymers. The ENIGMA joins our elite list of styles that appeal to serious computer users, including clandestine operatives.

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Havok

From hackers to security engineers, code slingers to number crunchers, the HAVOK is the one tool in this cyber driven world that is a must-have. Its key features include wide format lenses that provide an unobstructed view, a rich acetate front frame fixed to high tensile stainless-steel temples, and adjustable silicone nose pads which offer customizable comfort. Working with 1s and 0s can be incredibly complex, and the best-of-the-best are who inspired this modern new style. The Havok, a precision tool for those who either do their work from the office, or deep in the shadows of the matrix.

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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.

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Designed to hack all traditional eyewear standards, Cypher merges classic, traditional styling with infused high-tech modern elements. Formulated with precision designed frame materials and ultra-thin temples to create superior stability, the Cypher is the perfect asset for performing all of your complex decryptions.

Channeling a deep appreciation for professionals in the information technology, programming, engineering, and hacking industries, GUNNAR set out to create a new look that would appeal to them as well as a wide variety of digital device users. The Cypher is a medium to large fit frame so it will sit comfortably on the faces of nearly everyone who owns a pair. It blends a strong sense of class and nostalgia while maintaining a distinct futuristic flare.

Cypher – Engineered to Take You Further

 

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A brand new performance style engineered for advanced operations, and perfect for gamers who desire unobstructed peripherals while battling on their screens. The Trooper is tactically designed with modern, sleek lines, ultra-slim temples, and a large lens viewing area.

From Call of Duty® to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch®, first-person shooter fans — and all gamers in general — will truly appreciate the attention to detail and style. This is the tactical frame you’ve been waiting for, and with our patented technology on board, you will feel the performance advantage.

Designed for Domination – Essential for Victory

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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 Ale and Tortoise are very similar to what’s already been available for Intercept, and now that they’re available for Micron, you’ll really enjoy the exquisite look and quality in a modern frame. Marble is an exciting and modern new color that’s a mix of a gloss onyx and veins of gray rippled throughout the frame. Micron Marble looks both sophisticated and sleek, and is certain to turn a few heads.

Since being released several years ago, PPK has continued to be a favorite style among the GUNNAR loyal. In honor of the excitement and adventure brought to us by video games, we’ve designed a new color called Dark Steel. Think Fallout 4 meets BioShock. Distressed and edgy, PPK Dark Steel is sure to compliment any face and style at the same time.

It’s been a while since we introduced new sunglasses and we’re really happy to present to you four new options. For the extremely popular Intercept, we present the new Dark Ale 24K and Raven. You’re likely already familiar with the look of Dark Ale, but now with a grey sunglass lens, you get to look extraordinary while enjoying the great outdoors. Raven, meanwhile, is a stealthy new matte black finish with blackened GUNNAR temple logos. With a pair of these on, you’ll be embracing your inner geek while slipping under the radar undetected.

Finally, we can barely contain ourselves about the new Micron sunglasses that are now available. Both in 24K Dark Ale and Raven, these new frames are stunning in their own unique ways. There’s just something very special about how each one looks. Micron Dark Ale, like it’s Intercept cousin and amber-lensed sibling, is exceptionally high-class. It’s what you’d wear on the red carpet or to an outdoor wedding yet it’s so stylish, you’ll want to wear it every day. On the flip-side, if you imagine yourself a spy or love to maintain a mysterious profile, the Micron Raven is perfect for you. Dark, subtle, and oh so cool.

To get your hands on a pair of our new colors for Micron or PPK, and to get yourself ready for the Spring with a new pair of Intercept or Micron sunglasses, head to gunnar.com!

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“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 would need glasses when I got older (I currently wear a pair to combat my nearsightedness). That’s just a part of life. Protective glasses, however, were far from my mind when it came to gaming peripherals. Even after hearing about how Gunnar Optiks made computer and gaming eyewear, I shrugged it off as a product from a niche market – an accessory used by pro gamers who stared at screens way more than the average person. Well, UFG recently got a pair of Gunnar’s new Intercept Color Collection for review and it was my job to try them out. After using them for three weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion… which I’ll get to by the end of this review!

gunnar-intercept-review-boxGunnar Optiks makes ergonomically correct eyewear to reduce eyestrain and fatigue that comes from viewing digital screens. It protects the eyes from drying air currents using the shape of the lens, filters out artificial light via its amber tint, and the special engineered frames offer great stability. It even utilizes anti-reflective elements to reduce glare and can be fitted with prescription lenses. Sounds great right? But do we really need all of that to enjoy our games for extended periods of time? This was the question I was pondering after putting on my “Ghost” colored Intercept glasses. Ten minutes into my The Elder Scrolls preview all I could think of was how comfortable these glasses were!

I’ve never been fitted for Gunnar frames before. Yet they sat on my face as if they were tailor-made for me. They’re light weight but secure in staying in one spot on my face. The frame is also very durable with its multi-barrel hinges and thick plastic. Basically, it’s built to last without giving up any comfort – a fact that proved its worth after hours of use. It got to the point where I forgot they were on, and was only reminded of their presence due to the tinted lenses.

Speaking of the amber tint, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I thought it would ruin my gaming experience if I was playing anything other than a shooter. I couldn’t care less about the intricate details found in the environment when I’m chasing after a rival in Call of Duty. That isn’t the case when it comes to story based games; imagine tying to immerse oneself into an RPG while looking through a pair of shades. The game wouldn’t be as vibrant and the visuals would be darker than they actually are… or at least that’s what I thought would happen. In actuality, the amber tint is very light. It does change the tone of what you’re looking at and I wouldn’t recommend them to artists that need to see “true” color saturation. That said, I was able to appreciate ESO’s lush habitats and The Wolf Among Us’s bright colors while wearing the Intercept glasses.

The most noticeable thing, and the whole point of this review, was the fact that the glasses worked as advertised. It took a while to really tell the difference, but after a week or so I noticed significantly less eye strain. Being a journalist, I spend a lot of time in front of a PC. Whether I’m writing something like this or playing a game for review, most of my day is spent staring at a monitor. And while I don’t always experience the fatigue that’s associated with this sort of work, there are times when I’m forced to take a break. On rare occasions, I’ll even get a migraine. None of these symptoms were present while wearing the Intercept glasses. It was true; they do help in allowing longer periods of play/work when in front of a digital screen!

If you couldn’t tell, I really enjoyed wearing my Ghosts (I named them after the color). They were comfortable, helped to reduce eye strain, and didn’t ruin my gaming with a harsh tint. My only complaint really had to do with the style. While they didn’t make me look goofy, they were big enough to warrant some awkward glances. Especially if you wear them outside; I was serious when I said that I’d forget I had them on. They aren’t as sleek looking as some of the other Gunnar eyewear, though the new colors do add some personal flavor. The other thing I wanted to bring up was for some reason the glasses would bother me if I wasn’t looking at a bright screen. It could have just been a “me” thing but keeping the glasses on when not in front of a monitor/TV/digital screen hurt my eyes after a while. I had to stay at my desk when using them – odd I know. These are minor things when compared to how good of a job the Intercept does though.

As far as needing Gunnar eyewear, it really comes down to personal preference. While I do believe they are worth the price ($60), they aren’t for everyone. Even though they help with eye strain it isn’t healthy to live in front of a computer – you really should take long breaks from your monitor from time to time. Still, if you do decide to try out Gunnar’s Intercept line I’m pretty sure you won’t be displeased!

Final Verdict:

Highly Recommended!

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Eyes on with the Gunnar SteelSeries Scope gaming glasses

By Ron Burke.

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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 means trying to use eyedrops when my eyes are scratchy, using glasses when I shoot, and blocking my face intently while fighting. Unfortunately for me, I also sit in front of a computer from roughly 6:00am to 11:00pm Monday through Friday, and even longer on the weekend. I didn’t realize it, but the reason why I’m so tired all the time is likely because of my eyes.

Gunnar made some pretty lofty assertions about their eyewear. It reduces eye strain, it blocks eye-drying artificial office lighting, sharpens detail with a slight magnification to help you focus, and somehow will be comfortable to wear. Even the tiny specs I wore for a decade eventually felt uncomfortable, leaving me rubbing my eyes at the end of the day. I had doubts.

The first indicator that I was wrong about my own assumptions happened when I pulled out my camera. Snapping a picture of the Gunnars in the packaging revealed that the lenses had completely frosted over due to the flash of my camera. I took a few more pictures from other angles and the results were always the same – like an iPad, there would be no flash here.

Picking up the Gunnars (I’m looking at the SteelSeries Scope) I was shocked at how light they are. My cheap plastic sunglasses were easily three-time heavier, and my Oakley shooting glasses felt like lead weights by comparison. They weigh just 25 grams – the equivalent of 25 paperclips or four quarters. Surprisingly for this weight, the stainless steel frame feels sturdy. Most people who wear glasses keep a small toolkit handy for tightening the annoying screws that hold the arms to the frame. Gunnar went a different direction, creating what could be called a ‘unibody’ construction that eliminates all of the small welds, screws, and other common failure points of traditional glasses.

I borrowed a friend’s Gunnar Sheadog glasses that she received as a gift last year for a bit. The Sheadog features what Gunnar calls “Asian fit” which left them a bit tighter of a grip on my nose and temples. The nose piece on the Steelseries Scope has a more traditional and comfortable fit, which over the span of a full day of wear matters.

The contrast difference between the Gunnars and my natural eyeballs is slight. At first, it caught me off guard as it is almost like picking up somebody’s prescription specs and throwing them on. The curvature of the lenses and the surface treatments combine with the tint to provide an optical illusion of magnification where there is none. What it does do is make things slightly sharper. As I type this review I can peer over the top and see the difference in the clarity of the letters. There is no ‘ghosting’ due to the bright white background of my screen. The question up next was how it affects gaming.

I’m always juggling several reviews, so I fired up the Titanfall Beta as my first gaming sample. The amber tint of the lenses reduced some of the more harsh white tones, but not enough to make me want to take them off. High-speed motions and ‘normal’ gaming worked just fine, though I can say that it seemed like the lenses gave me a slightly better look at some of the gorgeous texture work in Titanfall. Tearing myself away from the beta, I popped in the vibrant and high-speed Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Full of bubblegum for the eyeballs, the frantic and colorful title looked only slightly muted. After playing for a short while I stopped even noticing the difference. There is certainly a bit of a ‘contrast adjustment’ while wearing the Gunnar Scope glasses, but it’s hardly going to change things on a console game at eight to ten feet of distance.

Shifting back to my PC I fired up something more tactical – Civilization V. With tiny units, lots of text and graphs, and a viewing distance to my monitor at just over two feet it’d put these glasses to the test. I glanced at my desk clock and found that I had entered Civ-time – it was 2am once again, only this time my eyes weren’t feeling like I’d left them in a dry roaster. If I wasn’t dead tired I could have gone “just one more turn” for a while longer, but it wasn’t my eyes that gave out first. I have a good idea as to why.

The average human blinks roughly 12 times per minute. When gaming that number is reduced to just five. That’s less than a blink every 10 seconds! As an experiment, just hold your eyes open for 10 seconds right now — painful, right? When you multiply that by the average gaming session of roughly two hours you can quickly find yourself with dry and itchy eyes. I’m not suggesting that the Gunnars do anything to make you blink more often, but they do block the bright incoming light from your monitor, and that seems to make a world of difference.

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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 we stare at screens all day, especially on marathon gaming sessions, our eyes tend to get strained and very dry. Gunnar Optiks help soothe your eyes and filter out 100% of UV Lights. However, these are not sunglasses. It is not recommended to wear them outside or when driving.

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When first putting on the Gunnar Optiks, you should notice the reduced strain the yellow-tinted glasses puts on your eyes. This is so the blue light and harsh, fluorescent glare are not impacting your eyes. It may take a few minutes to adjust but once you do, you will see how much easier it is to focus on your work or games and not think or rub your dry, irritated eyes.

A lot of folks I have spoken to about Gunnar glasses think the idea sounds silly. But putting on a pair really makes a difference. When you wear them, you really do get virtually no strain on your eyes! Is it magic or some power of persuasion making you think they work? I have played a variety of games over the past few weeks with and without the Gunnar Optiks and I must say I find my eyes missing them when I don’t have them on.

gunnar glassesFor those of you in need of prescription eyewear, Gunnars are also available to be filled with your prescription directly from the Gunnar Optiks website. This will allow you to reduce your eye strain and still be able to see all of the intense gaming action or those highly important spreadsheets for work.

These amazing glasses start at only $59.00 and are available at online, at retailers like Amazon, or at your local Best Buy. We highly recommend giving them a try. Your eyes will thank us.

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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 eye strain, and even make the images on my computer screen better, brighter, and clearer.

This is a little crazy, I thought. There is no way a pair of non-prescription glasses are going to make that kind of difference, I scoffed.

 

Gunnar Optiks Emissary: Easing Eye Strain You Didn’t Know You Had

Fortunately for me, I was wrong. Regardless of how great your eyesight is, or how well you think you see, everyone who sits in front of a screen for hours on end will experience eye strain at some level or another. In fact, as a person who sits in front of a computer for a living and games heavily as a hobby, I feel as though I am the perfect example of someone who was experiencing eye strain and really had no idea.

To put the Gunnars to the test, I decided to start early and wear them all day while at work, and then wear them again while gaming at home later in the evening. When I first received the review model, I was worried about wearing some hideous gamer glasses all day, in front of my co-workers. When I took them out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised that they looked a lot like regular eye glasses. In fact, they were quite attractive. With a sleek, sexy frame design, the only tell tale feature are the yellow tinted lenses.

When I first put the glasses on, I could immediately tell a difference in the way my computer screen looked. The glare was gone immediately and everything on-screen looked crisper and clearer than normal. But why?  I pulled out the leaflet that came with the eye wear and got a little more familiar with the science behind them. While they do have a prescription program, the model I reviewed was of the non-prescription nature. The yellow-tinted lenses, however, are actually quite spectacular. Here is why they work:

  • FRACTYL lens geometry solves the problem of a low screen usage blink rate by trapping humidity close to the eye and protecting it from air currents that could potential try the eye out.
  • DIAMIX lens material doesn’t force the wearer to choose between durability and clarity. This special material is as optically pure as it is strong and degradation resistant.
  • IONIK tints help filter out excessive high-energy visible light, making the overall result warmer and easier to look at for an extended period of time. This aids in visual recovery and helps eliminate any “after image effects” that users may experience.
  • I-FI lens coatings take care of any reflections and glare from both sides of the lens, effectively reducing

Gunnar Opticks even has a helpful video that breaks down the science behind their lenses:

 But, Do They Really Work?

While the Gunnar Optiks Emissary model definitely made things look better on my computer screen, I kept wondering how I was supposed to know if they were really working. By the time I got home, still wearing the Gunnars, I realized that I did not have the normal, dull, behind-the eye headache that I usually have by the end of a work day. While I generally credit this headache to what I thought was a need for glasses,  I am now re-thinking that assumption. I can’t say that Gunnar Optiks can cure your ailments, but I can say that eye strain-induced headaches may become a thing of the past.  I continued wearing the glasses throughout several hours of gaming on both PC and console. By the end of my day, I still had yet to experience the usual ‘tired eye’ feeling. It was refreshing to have avoided the late afternoon eye-strain headache and I will be more than pleased to wear them again if it means protecting my eyes and, subsequently, eliminating my need for Tylenol.

As for professionals who swear by Gunnars, the list is not short by any means. Professional gamers and eSports athletes everywhere are singing the praises of Gunnar Optiks and their game changing (pun totally intended) eye wear. Jordan Gilbert, who you may also know as “nOthing”, plays Counter-Strike professionally and has, on more than one occasion, been vocal about his love for Gunnar Optiks:

In game, GUNNARS have multiple positive effects. The improved contrast makes it easier to spot the silhouette of enemies in dark spots, especially at distances. It also help’s when I’m trying to see someone through a smoke grenade, normally I would have to squint very hard to attempt to spot movement, but with GUNNARS my eyes have a noticeably easier time focusing in on micro movements.

Jordan isn’t the only pro gamer who has fallen for Gunnars. Geoff Robinson, also known as iNcontroL, who plays StarCraft 2 for pro-team Evil Geniuses has also discovered the benefits of using Gunnars during matches, as well as casually:

If you’re serious about your game, Gunnar’s are worth the investment. Both the short term advantages, like increased contrast for better spotting things on the screen, and the long term advantages, like reduced eye strain, make it an easy choice.

The Bottom Line

I have to admit I was skeptical at first. Despite all of the hoopla over Gunnar Optiks in the gaming community, I really thought that there was no way that eye wear could make such a huge difference with PC work and play. After using the Gunnar Optiks Emissary model glasses for about 18 hours straight, I freely admit that my assumptions were way off base. In fact, I am pretty ecstatic to have pinpointed the source of my annoying end-of-work-day headaches. Even if you don’t experience any immediately evident effects of staring at a screen all day, the fact still remains that it’s bad for your eye health overall, eventually resulting in Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). I would recommend Gunnar Optiks eye wear to anyone who sits in front of a screen for more than a few minutes each day. It is highly likely that these glasses will alleviate symptoms that you didn’t even know you had.

Emissary Onyx - Gunnar Optiks Emissary – Review

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