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Like This: GUNNAR Optiks in the Facebook Store

GUNNAR Optiks glasses are a popular and healthy vision peripheral in the gaming community. Yet, for all the popularity among gamers, GUNNAR Optiks are also a great visual ergonomic option for businesses. Coming off the entrance of GUNNAR Optiks in the Adobe Swag Store in their San Jose, CA offices, GUNNAR Optiks are now available in the Facebook store at their headquarters in Menlo Park.

The Facebook campus, which as Jed Rawson (GUNNAR Optiks Director of B2B sales) said looks like a mini version of Main Street at Disneyland, was more than welcoming to GUNNAR Optiks with several hundred employees coming down to check out the display. GUNNAR Optiks will now permanently be offered to Facebook employees. With a campus full of engineers, coders, designers and others staring at computers all day — if you see any major changes in the Facebook layout next week it might be because they are working more efficiently and ergonomically thanks to GUNNAR Optiks.

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As mentioned before, visual ergonomics are no joke. Many employers go to great lengths to protect their employees from ergonomical issues to not only save money on health insurance and lost productivity, but to enable their employees to do their best work. While wrist guards are one thing, vision is another. Facebook bringing GUNNAR Optiks into the Facebook store shows they are committed to the health and well being of their employee base. The dozen or so employees who quickly snatched up pairs of GUNNAR glasses for the three day Facebook hackathon this weekend already seemed to be keen to the advantages of wearing GUNNAR glasses.

The Facebook company store is operated by BrandVia and is the only location in the world where you can legally buy Facebook branded merch. Now it’s also where Facebook employees can easily pick up a pair of GUNNAR Optiks, which makes them more productive and your social experience better.

For more information about the GUNNAR corporate sales program: visit https://www.gunnars.com/b2b/ and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook!

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

Children are the future. This statement has been nothing short of cliche for as long as we can all remember. Yet, it never stops being true. One of our missions in life is to protect and groom our children to take over the world from us someday. With all the dangers in the current world to educate them and protect them from, don’t you think vision loss shouldn’t be one of them? With more exposure to back-lit, harsh light digital screens than ever before in history, this generation of iPad wielding grade-schoolers is going down a blinding path.

Recently at Adobe’s 280,000 sq. foot campus in Lehi, Utah, Adobe was celebrating bring your kids to work day with caricature artists, games and a focus on their vision. GUNNAR Optiks (next to the caricature artists and the photo booth) were invited back to an Adobe campus (after recently visiting the San Jose campus and the San Francisco campus) to speak about visual ergonomics to the Adobe team, and their children.

There has been an exponential increase in the use of digital screens among children, at home and in the classroom. While the focus of ergonomics has been on business environments, we are overlooking the screens we are handing our children to stare at, not to mention things like active boards in school environments. What this is leading to is children needing vision correction earlier in life thanks to the influx of technology in their lives and in front of their still developing brains. This use of technology will of course only benefit children, especially with the obsoletion of printed textbooks on the horizon.

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The Lehi Adobe campus is very unique. As the over 600 kids attending can attest, there is a an always present glare coming from the windows. The campus lets in all the sunshine available, which can create major problems when working. The ergonomics team bought screen protectors, but those proved ineffective. Several teams are already wearing GUNNAR glasses in order to protect their eyes from the glare. The employees understand how important eye protection is, which is a lesson they are passing directly on to their children.

Each child was given a pair of GUNNAR Optiks MLG Phantoms to try and they engaged in a game of Charades on the app Heads Up using an iPad Mini. The kids and their parents could see the change in how their eyes reacted to the digital screen firsthand. The parents and children learned about eye health and visual ergonomics, all the while forgetting about the harsh glare coming off the screens because they were wearing protective eyewear. The moral of the story is that any time you are using a digital screen, you should be wearing digital eyewear, even if it’s only for a game of charades.

Adobe Welcomes GUNNAR Optiks to the Swag Store

Recently at the Adobe offices in San Jose, CA, GUNNAR Optiks was onsite to talk about the ergonomic and health benefits of wearing GUNNAR glasses at work. Set up outside the cafeteria, over 3,000 Adobe employees got the chance to see GUNNAR glasses in action. During May, which is Healthy Vision Month, corporations like Adobe are focusing on putting their employees in the healthiest position to succeed. Adobe recognizes the importance of employee health, which is why they have made GUNNAR Optiks a permanent fixture in their newly opened Swag Store.

The Swag Store, onsite at Adobe San Jose, will offer a wide selection of products. The store, run by BrandVia (who also runs the Facebook and Ebay company stores) carries everything from peripherals to cell phone cases and so-on, generally with the Adobe branding. GUNNAR Optiks was welcomed into the store with a full free standing 32 unit display with eight styles on hand, including exclusive styles not offered in retail outlets such as Best Buy.

Thanks to Adobe employee Jon — who loves his GUNNAR glasses so much that he that referred GUNNARS to the Escape committee that manages on-site campus events — GUNNAR Optiks not only will be in the company store but Adobe Employee Perks is looking at GUNNARS as an option for managers to gift to hard-working teams. Adobe wanted to carry premium products with a general appeal to their employee base and felt GUNNAR Optiks fit that mold

So far, the most popular pairs at Adobe are the GUNNAR Crystalline line, which not only enhances and protects vision but allows designers to work in true color. This factor is important for a company like Adobe, who employs a lot of graphic designers. Aside from the Crystalline, the Phenom Graphite and WiFive Espresso are so far the best selling styles among Adobe employees.

GUNNAR Optiks is looking forward to their partnership with Adobe and will be on site to support the Adobe Swag Store launch.

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 that many people forget that not only is the eye surrounded by muscles, but it has its own rate of degeneration. However, like the National Eye Institute, GUNNAR Optiks is here to help.

Digital eye strain is not just an ergonomic issue. With your eyes continuously refocusing and repositioning themselves, not only does this affect the muscles but can lead to fatigue, dryness, irritation, and other vision problems. As this report from the Vision Council explains, digital eye strain is the most common computer-related repetitive strain injury, even more so than carpal tunnel and tendonitis.  We’re quick to slap on a wrist brace, so why aren’t we as quick to do something to protect our eyes?

According to the National Eye Institute, most people “often do not pay attention to their vision unless they notice a problem.” Part of it is sociological, part of it is just a lack of general education about the issue. Our eyes are responsible for delivering visual inputs to our brains – as if this isn’t obvious. Protecting them and ensuring that they are functioning without strain should be our first concern if we are staring at digital devices all day long. The Vision Council report mentioned above goes on to outline all the issues that can be caused by poor eye ergonomics including back and neck problems, headaches and blurred vision. All this can contribute to eventual vision problems in the non-digital areas of your life.

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So what can you do to prevent future eye problems and relieve current eye strain and stress?

The first step is to get an eye exam. This will quickly determine your overall eye health and if you need corrective lenses or not. Before you buy a pair of GUNNAR glasses, you’ll want to know if you need them in prescription or not. Most eye exams and prescription glasses (including GUNNARS) are covered in part by HSA/FSA benefits. Sure, there is a stigma attached to getting glasses but would you rather adhere to some vague social stereotype or see the world perfectly?

For many of us, our world is a constant series of monitors, backlit displays, tablets and mobile phones. From when we wake in the morning to when we turn off the light for the night. How many hours per day, per week do you spend in front of a digital screen? All this time, absorbing harsh light that our eyes haven’t properly adapted to defend against, can be a serious strain on the eyes. Even with corrective lenses, everyone using digital devices should consider the ergonomics of doing so.

Ergonomics isn’t just about making sure you are sitting up straight. In many corporate environments, ergonomics is a serious issue. Many employers (maybe even yours) goes to great lengths to not only educate their employees about proper ergonomics, but they may also provide you with the equipment you need to have the most ergonomic workstation. This can range from a proper chair, to wrist rests to a new pair of GUNNAR glasses.

Healthy Vision Month is a month to take stock of what your vision means to you and what you would do to protect it. From getting an eye exam, to setting yourself up at work in a visually ergonomic workstation and so on, visual health is just as important to your daily life as everything else you worry about. The difference is, finding a healthy resolve for your eyes might be as easy as a new pair of GUNNAR Optiks.

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 degree, though its history dates back to ancient Greece. Ergonomics, of course, is the study of designing equipment that fits the human body in physical and cognitive connotations. Where once ergonomics was simply thought to be just keyboard trays and wrist rests, like everything else in the past few decades, it has evolved significantly.

Now ergonomics has become a course study in not only psychology but physiology & behavioral sciences as well. It has become an area of medical concern, a workers compensation standard and something most employers take seriously and are generally willing to pay for if you can demonstrate a need (yes, you can convince your boss to buy you a pair of Gunnars for work.) Ergonomics has become more than just physical comfort in the office but has branched out into many other industries. Though it is in the office environment that we think of ergonomics the most, and while innovations are being made there, they are also being made in gaming ergonomics as well, with a bit of crossover.

Take for instance the concept of the mouse glove. For years this has been an idea of the scientific & engineering community. Probably after seeing Tom Cruise move screens around in Minority Report. Actually, that was the motivation for students at MIT back in 2010 who developed a wireless mouse glove that cost under $100 to produce. There is even earlier research at North Carolina State University’s college of engineering in which students devised a glove that controlled computer operations with sensors in the fingertips. Now there is a company called Bellco that is marketing a wireless air mouse glove to the community at large.

So would a wireless mouse glove actually alleviate wrist pain? Common wrist and hand problems range from carpal tunnel to tendonitis due to keeping the hand and wrist at odd angles during the day. A mouse glove would not require you to keep your hand on the desk, you could basically be in a relaxed position all day long. So why isn’t something like this catching on? I’m guessing that it has to do with control. Our movements are human, and when there is exact work to be done on computers (such as graphic design) more precise movements are needed, which when the hand is steadied on a desk or wrist rest is possible. A floating hand relies on too many other active muscles to keep steady. Think about the difference between using a tripod for a camera and not using one.

Keeping with hand ergonomics but moving over to gaming there is the Avenger Xbox 360 Adapter by N-Control. Not billed as an ergonomic device, rather a fully customizable one, the Avenger is about as ergonomic as you can get with a console gaming controller. It snaps on to the Xbox 360 controller and you can move the buttons & triggers around to fit not only your hand but your gaming style as well. Something to think about for those with itchy trigger fingers, you can also adjust the response time. For someone like me who has broken every finger at some point in life and some don’t work as they should, this is a fantastic device. Often I get hand cramps when gaming (as many gamers do) and being able to adjust the controller to an ergonomically sound position based on the layout & comfort of my hand is pretty sweet.

The thing is, gamers are one group that might not think about ergonomics mostly because of their age range. A lot of gamers are young, in their teens or college-aged and haven’t yet experienced the ongoing pain associated with mistreated joints & tendons. Gamers put themselves in a position to get anything from back & shoulder pain to neck pain to eye strain. Though here at Gunnar, the solution to eye strain is pretty clear. If there is one ergonomic item that has changed my life for the better, it’s my MLG Phantoms. But even solving eye strain with a sweet pair of Gunnars isn’t going to clear up severe neck issues from sitting at a bad angle and not having proper back support.

Thankfully, there are plenty of awesome gaming chairs in the market. My favorite has to be this one, the PCE Ultimate Gaming Station & Work Space. All you would need to do is install a Mountain Dew fountain and you’d be good to go. The point is, like many gaming chairs, it sets the body at an angle that doesn’t put undue pressure on the joints and tendons. So basically, you can game longer. Also, for those gamers that prefer some more “human” games every once in a while, there is this.

Of course, what would any market segment be without the totally off the wall stuff? Take for instance the Adapta Mouse. Designer Ryo Yoshimi has created a functional and ergonomically sound (I suppose) mouse that looks like a centerpiece at a very neo-classical wine bar. Then there is the DataHand, a throwback from 1990 that use a radial menu to select letters, basically replacing your movement across the keyboard with a finger twitch. Obviously, while very smart ergonomics, it didn’t catch on. Another great design that was flawed as far as marketing is the Combimouse.Come to think of it, the name might have been a bit flawed as well. The keyboard split in two to adapt to a more natural hand resting position, and the mouse was also incorporated into the keyboard and split in two. Probably would take a bit of getting used to.

When we sit down at our desks, or in front of our gaming console we don’t always consider the damage we could be doing to our bodies by not simply sitting in an ergonomically sound position. As you can see, there are plenty of great products on the market to assist with that so that we can keep gaming for years to come without having to take a baggie full of meds every morning. Ergonomics has become more than just a gel thing on your desk you end up destroying with paper-clips, it has become something we all need to think about as we go through our day to day lives. The long term effects of things such as tendon damage and eye strain are something we need to take seriously now.

For some great ergonomic supplies, after you get yourself a pair of Gunnars, check out ergopro.com.