Gunnar Optiks Riot Onyx Blue Light Blocking Gaming Glasses

Last updated date: October 22, 2020

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9.0

Gunnar Optiks Riot Onyx Blue Light Blocking Gaming Glasses

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Overall Take

Enjoy marathon gaming sessions safely with these shades. The frames are made of 3-barreled steel that is built for longevity but still comfortable for extended wear. The design and flexible fit lend an understated edge to any face shape. In our analysis of 23 expert reviews, the Gunnar Optiks Gunnar Optiks Riot Onyx Blue Light Blocking Gaming Glasses placed 3rd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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From an aesthetic point of view, these glasses are also built to look good on the wearer. Their 3-barreled steel design makes them very durable, and you can be rest assured that they are built ergonomically sound enough to feel comfortable on your face for any amount of time.
- PC Gaming Corner
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From The Manufacturer

Engineered to have perfect form and function, the RIOT is precision designed to harmoniously merge with the face and eyes in pure comfort. The RIOT blue light glasses successfully blend fit, function, and style with lightweight frame materials to deliver the perfect accent to your digital lifestyle. When looking to improve your health, performance, and screen stamina, the RIOT eye strain glasses have you covered.

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An Overview On Gaming Glasses

Do you know what the biggest challenge for many gamers is these days? No, it’s not a horde of aliens or the final boss in “Final Fantasy VII.” It’s eyestrain, and it can be a serious problem — especially on marathon gaming sessions.

If you suffer from exceptionally tired eyes or even migraines due to extended screen time, blue light might be the culprit. Luckily, there are now gaming glasses specifically designed to block a good percentage of those light frequencies and mitigate eyestrain. And while they’re usually marketed to gamers, they can be helpful for anyone who spends a lot of time in front of their devices.

First, a bit of science to explain what “blue light” is and why it can have an adverse effect. Light appearance is usually measured in degrees Kelvin, and can range from 1,000 K to around 10,000 K. “Warm” light is on the lower end of that spectrum, while “cool” light tends to be over 5,000. While a blank computer or TV screen might look white, most devices emit cool light of about 6,500 K or greater, putting it on the same wavelength as the color blue. This blue light is received by the retinas and can damage them with too much exposure.

Gaming glasses have a special lens coating that can block some percentage of that blue light and keep it from reaching your retinas. That percentage can vary between about 35% to 90%, so you may want to choose based on the sensitivity of your eyes. The strongest lenses may have an amber coloring, while ones with more modest protection may not have any coloring at all and be indistinguishable from regular glasses.

For a bit extra, you may be able to get photochromic lenses that change their tint in response to the level of light. These can be handy if you’re playing or using your computer in outdoor conditions. Some gaming glasses may also offer UV protection, which helps block harmful light frequencies from the sun. If your eyes are sensitive to light in general, you might even consider getting these for use inside and outside the house. Anti-glare coating can be another helpful perk, especially if your television or screen faces a window where the sun shines in.

DWYM Fun Fact

So much for the stereotype of the lonely four-eyed nerd: A 2011 study in the Swiss Journal of Psychology had people rate men’s faces with or without glasses on a number of criteria. While those without glasses were generally considered to be more attractive, men with glasses gave the impression of being not only more intelligent, but more successful as well.

The Gaming Glasses Buying Guide

You may have seen BluBlockers advertised for years now, but that particular brand — while effective at what it does — isn’t the best for gamers. They are sunglasses, with lenses that are made to block the much higher levels of blue light that we get from the sun. If you try to use them indoors, you’ll block so much blue light that it will make it hard to see the screen.

In addition to contributing to eyestrain, blue light can affect your sleep. Blue light does have benefits: Exposure to blue light during daylight hours helps us maintain a healthy circadian rhythm. Too much exposure at night via screens can throw that off, though.