I first learned about Gunner glasses from my friend Shannon. She has an informative post about them on her blog, The Adventures of Lucky Duck. The glasses are made for people who spend a lot of time in front of a computer. Between writing, teaching online, blogging, photo editing, online shopping, and social networking, I’m a good candidate. I spend a lot of time in front of my PC (not to mention my phone and TV).
The lenses in Gunnar eyewear are amber and offer maximum contrast without causing eye fatigue. They reduce glare and filter out the harshest colors in the spectrum.
I didn’t know if they’d work, but they sure looked cool. My health plan includes an optical package so I didn’t have to pay for mine. If yours doesn’t, rest assured: They range in price from $80 to $150. There are a lot of styles to choose from too. I got red ones, but I went back for a second pair in blue.
I don’t have prescription glasses so I thought wearing these would feel strange. On the contrary: They’re so lightweight and comfortable that I don’t even remember I’m wearing them. If you need glasses anyway, I believe you can order your Gunnar glasses with a prescription.
After wearing mine for a while, I can say that I do notice a difference. I get fewer headaches. My eyes really do seem less strained, and the shape of the frames protect them from the dry, recirculated office air that can make staring at a computer so painful.