Do you find yourself gaming for hours on end on a consistent basis? If you have done that for a few years, chances are that you have noticed that the health of your eyes has slowly but surely started to deteriorate.
Personally, I have noticed my vision to worsen over time, and so, I have become a huge preacher of protecting your eyes where possible.
Because of that, the team at Pure Gaming and I would like to familiarise you with what is out there that can really help you protect your vision while playing your favorite titles.
So, we made an extensive list of over 60 different gaming glasses and narrowed it down to the best 9 so that you can shop with complete confidence that what you are getting really is worth its money and can serve its purpose to protect your vision.
Note: Bear in mind that gaming glasses do not directly replace taking breaks and spending less time looking at your gaming monitor. They are just a tool that minimizes the health impacts from prolonged screen time.
Now that this is all clear, let’s explore all 9 products that made our selection in more detail.
Our Top Choice
Our top choice goes to the Lighting Bolt 360 Gaming Glasses by GUNNAR. Overall, they are the best gaming glasses that you can find on the market for both protection and comfort without affecting your in-game performance.
The price at the time of writing was $129.99.
The Gunnar Lightning Bolt 360 follows a very standard design when it comes to the main frame of the glasses. Only when you reach the actual temple of the design that things start to look a lot more interesting.
At the temple, about midway, the glasses slightly curve inwards to properly grip your ears. Although the design might not look very aesthetically pleasing (depending on your personal preference of course), this way, the design actually prevents the glasses from hurting your temple during prolonged gaming sessions when you wear a headset over them.
In terms of color and materials used, the frame is made out of hard acetate-like plastic with a relatively glossy finish in black. The temple tip, on the inside, is made out of a red rubber-like material for extra stability and grip.
In case that is not enough, you can also use the Gunnar strap that is included with the glasses for the ultimate stability.
If you are concerned if these glasses will fit you, don’t worry. With this set, you will get 3 nose bridges (small, medium, and large), and 3 temples (classic, post, and strap).
Essentially, you can mix and match to find the perfect fit for you.
This model uses 65% blue light protection factor amber lenses. This level of protection is fantastic for e-sports players who spend countless hours in front of the screen every day.
If you are suffering from eye strain, dry eyes, headaches, blurry vision, migraines, and are having a difficult time falling asleep at night after a gaming session, the Lighting Bolt 360 Gaming Glasses by GUNNAR can really be of great help.
In case you don’t happen to suffer from any of these, there is absolutely nothing wrong with grabbing a set to protect your eyes before issues start to arise, especially if you are relatively young.
Bonus: As an added extra, these gaming glasses can also be modified to be used as sunglasses with the interchangeable sun lenses which are included in the price.
Are They Worth It?
Despite their high price point, if you are a serious gamer that knows that you will be spending hours upon hours in front of your screen for the foreseeable future, then yes, absolutely.
You should always prioritize the health of your eye sight and do what you can to protect it.
Best Value For Money
If our top pick was a little too pricy for you, we’d like to present you with our best value for money pick, the Optiks Gaming Glasses again, by Gunnar.
The price at the time of writing was $79.99.
The Optiks gaming glasses by Gunnar feature a very modern, simple, and sleek design in black and orange. The entire frame is made out of durable material to withstand anything from drops to scratches and prolonged use under the headset.
The temple design follows a multi-barrel hinge for added stability and comfort to avoid soreness caused by the pressure applied from your headset.
The design of the glasses limits the air currents near the eyes, which increases the humidity, which in turn prevents eye irritation.
Bonus: The entire glasses frame & lenses are protected by an external hard coating, which provides extra durability and resistance to scratching.
The Gunnar Optiks features a focus-enhancing patented lens specially designed to reduce digital eye strain, headaches, migraines, dry eyes, and other health problems that stem from prolonged screen use. The amber-tinted lens block 65% of all harmful blue light that your monitor or gaming TV screen emits.
The material that the lenses are made out of is engineered to eliminate distortion from impurities and haze found in inferior material. This ensures that you get the clearest and sharpest image possible, which is directly going to reduce the eye-strain that you will get from prolonged screen time.
The lenses are coated to reduce the glare and reflective light to eliminate any visual distractions and stress put on your eyes.
Are They Worth It?
At their current price point, they absolutely are worth every cent. After all, out of all gaming glasses that we explored, at this level of protection and price, the Optiks Gaming Glasses offer the best value for money.
Most Affordable Pick
If you are looking for pure eyesight protection without spending a penny more than you need to, then the Horus X Gaming Glasses are a very good and budget-friendly alternative.
The price at the time of writing was $29.90.
First and foremost, the design is very much unisex, making the Horus X an ideal choice for both men and women. When it comes to the overall design of the glasses, they follow a very simple and basic lightweight frame in matt-like black.
The temple frame is approximately 2x thicker than the temple tip to ensure great comfort even if you wear your headset for prolonged periods of time.
When protection is concerned, the Horus X offers a powerful filter for the reduction of glare that is directly responsible for minimizing the fatigue and strain on your eyes.
If you suffer from headaches, chances are that your screen is partly at fault for your suffering. Thus, when using the Horus X, you will experience a 100% filtration of blue lights, 100% blockage of UV rays, and filter out over 86% of all harmful rays.
Why You Can Trust This Review
I and some members of the team at Pure Gaming actually wear gaming glasses to protect our vision. We actually wear them not only when gaming but also working (providing awesome, reliable, and quality information to our readers, or in other words, you).
So, we already have prior knowledge and experience of gaming glasses in terms of what to look for, what to avoid, the different brands, price points, and so on.
But, since we weren’t absolute experts on the topic, we conducted very thorough research going as far as reading studies in order to be able to provide you with the most genuine and informative gaming glasses guide to help you shop with all the confidence that you need.
How We Picked
When making our selection, we set out criteria that had to be considered for every single product that made our selection. This criterion took a look at the design, price, and overall performance of the gaming glasses.
To give you a little bit more insight into each criterion, please continue reading to find out exactly what we looked for when it comes to picking the best gaming glasses.
Since glasses are often worn for reasons beyond serving their initial purpose, we ensured that all of the glasses that you will come across within this guide are stylish and will suit a large number of tastes.
Most of the glasses that we picked for this list have a fairly standard design in terms of frame and color so that they not only protect your eyes but can also be worn for fashion purposes.
When it comes to the lenses, they vary in size, design, and capability when it comes to protecting your eyes.
Price is often the biggest factor, and so, we simply couldn’t ignore it. Because of that, I and the team at Pure Gaming have decided to make a broad selection that varies in price, starting as long as $20-$30, all the way up to 100+ dollars.
When it comes to gaming glasses, you can definitely get something decent for cheap. But, as the price increases, you also get better and higher protection lenses. On top of that, pricier gaming glasses are often more comfortable and feature a more solid frame for added stability and durability.
Of course, we ensured that every single one of our recommendations on this list does in fact work and protects your health from the damaging UV rays that your gaming PCs monitor emits.
When researching, we knew that the glasses that we wanted to include in our guide featured, if not all, at least some of the attributes that make gaming glasses worth it like blue light protection, UV light protection, are anti-reflective, and are also comfortable to wear for long periods of time, even if you are using a headset.
Who This is For
Do you experience headaches or dry eyes after prolonged screen time? If the answer to that question is yes, and you can admit that you spend long periods of time in front of your screen without a lot of break in between, then the screen may be to blame.
To help you fight eye-strain and headaches from consistent and prolonged screen time, gaming glasses were introduced.
Gaming glasses work with the same principle as sunglasses, except, they focus their attention on protecting your eyes from UV and blue light that your monitor emits.
Side effects of prolonged screen time often vary. While symptoms may be more severe for some, they may be non-existent for others.
This, however, doesn’t mean that you should neglect to protect your eyes, especially when a good set of glasses costs as little as $20-$30.
So, our verdict on this one is; if you use a screen, whether it is purely for gaming, working, or a mix of both, gaming glasses can easily be the best investment you can make to protect your vision.
Other Amazing Gaming Glasses
Do you often suffer from migraines? Then these Gaming Glasses with 99.9% Orange Amber might be just perfect to alleviate you from the suffering that stems from prolonged screen time.
The price at the time of writing was $49.88.
These glasses by Sleep ZM feature a very basic and minimalistic design. The overall frame from the rim to the ear tip is colored in black. In contrast to that, the lenses are pure orange, so, yes, they stand out quite a lot.
However, they look very cool in our opinion and would definitely suit a gamer. The rim shape is standard, making these gaming glasses perfect for supplementing your horizontal and vertical vision.
The temple follows a relatively thin design, which is ideal for the reduction of pressure on your temple when you wear a headset over the glasses for a long period of time.
When protection is concerned, these glasses can be your best friend in a range of different areas from preventing migraines and headaches to stopping your eyes from getting dry and fatigued.
All this is possible thanks to the protective lens that block out blue light and UV that your screen emits on a constant basis.
Not only that, by wearing these glasses while you are spending time in front of your monitor, you will be able to fall asleep very easily right after.
Unisex Gaming Glasses by Sleep ZM are another fantastic choice. The unique thing about them is that they can actually fit over your prescription glasses so you can really enjoy your gaming sessions while protecting your eyes.
The price at the time of writing was $49.88.
These glasses by Sleep ZM feature a very sturdy and relatively bulky structure. This is because, as we said above, these glasses can be used over your current prescription glasses for added protection from blue light and UV emitted from your screen.
The frame, starting from the rim all the way back to the ear tip of this model, is quite bulky. That isn’t necessarily bad as these glasses are very sturdy and flexible, making them super comfortable to wear under a headset, even if you game for a long time.
If the fit is an actual worry, which it should be considering you are spending money on such an essential product, there is nothing to worry about as these particular glasses fit perfectly on 99.9% of people.
This model hosts a polycarbonate lens, which is suited to protect against blue light and UV 400. Furthermore, they have a glare-radiation coating to further protect your eyes from any added stress.
So, if you experience headaches, migraines, eye strain, dry eyes, fatigue, or simply struggle to fall asleep after a long day spent gaming, you could definitely benefit from these glasses.
As a side note, if you aren’t already a victim to any issues stemming from prolonged screen time, you should still think about getting yourself some gaming glasses to prevent such problems from arising in the future.
Another fantastic, medium-priced pick is the Enigma Gaming Glasses by Gunnar. They are simple, sleek, and offer a great level of eye protection.
The price at the time of writing was $49.99.
This model by Gunnar features a very minimalistic, sleek, and comfortable design. The frame is neither too thick nor too thin, which is fantastic for comfortability and grip.
The rim of the glasses is relatively thin, and as you go more towards the temple, it starts to thicken, to provide you with an added layer of comfort for when you wear your headset over your glasses.
The entire frame is designed in a shiny black/grey color. If you aren’t a huge fan of those, there are two other options, Assassin’s Creed and Onyx Frame.
These gaming glasses are ideal for protecting your eyesight from getting damaged or affected over time as a result of gaming for too long. This is purely because of the protective lenses that this model features.
They are not only capable of reducing the blue light exposure by 65% and block out 100% of UV light, but can also help your eye strain, eye fatigue, headaches and dryness because of the pre-applied anti-reflective coating.
Whether you suffer from conditions that stem from prolonged gaming or are perfectly healthy, you should protect your vision either way. All this while still being able to enjoy your games uninterrupted.
After a sleek and unique look while keeping your eyes protected from UV & blue light? The Gunnar Thin-Frame Gaming Glasses might be able to provide you with just that.
The price at the time of writing was $99.99.
The frame follows a very slim design throughout starting with the rims all the way back to the temple tip. The rim is fairly oval-shaped to help with maximizing your vertical line of view.
In terms of color, the entire frame uses a range of gold-brown colors for a sophisticated look that perfectly matches with the amber lenses of these glasses.
Because of that, the amber lenses don’t actually stand out that much as compared to any of the other gaming glasses within our selection.
This model also offers a clear lens variant, which is a lot less protective and is silver/transparent in color as compared to the brown gold.
In terms of protection, these glasses reduce blue light by 65% and UV light by 100%, which is enough to keep your eyes on the safe side even during the longest of gaming sessions.
As an extra, this model by Gunnar features anti-reflective protection, which also helps with minimizing the overall impact on your health from prolonged gaming. Thus, any health problems such as headaches, migraines, dry eyes, blurry vision, and other that stem from staring at your screen for long periods of time are greatly reduced.
If you consider fashion to be an important factor when it comes to your gaming glasses, then the Onyx Frame by Gunnar is an awesome choice.
The price at the time of writing was $99.99.
These glasses by Gunnar are perhaps the most fashionable out of all. They follow a very minimalistic design. The entire frame of the glasses as a whole is relatively thin, making these glasses one of the most lightweight out of all options within our selection.
They are made out of solid, glossy black material for extra durability. The temple frame is thin throughout, making these glasses very comfortable and light on your ears, even if you wear a headset over them for hours at a time.
If the black design doesn’t rock your boat, this model also has a variant in emerald green.
Furthermore, both variants offer the option to pick between clear and amber lenses. The core difference between them is the color of the lens and their level of protection.
When protection is concerned, with this model, your eyesight is guaranteed to be protected. This is because the lenses feature 100% UV light protection as well as a technology that eliminates any reflections that could add an extra layer of stress on your eyes while gaming.
As mentioned above, this model offers two different types of lenses; clear and amber. The clear lens offers just 35% of blue light protection, whereas the amber lens, which is a little more yellow/orange-looking offers 65% of blue light protection.
If you suffer from headaches, dry eyes, or eye-strain after some time on your screen, these can be of great to battle these problems while not impacting your in-game performance.
Best Gaming Glasses For Kids
Whether you are a youngster or are an adult looking to protect your child’s eyesight, the Gaming Glasses by Gunnar are an awesome choice.
The price at the time of writing was $39.99.
The design is fairly simple and minimalistic, in sky blue color. I guess you can say that these glasses are more for boys due to the color, but they can also be used by girls as unsurprisingly, they provide the same level of protection for both.
The rim is rather wider, making them perfect for protecting the peripheral vision of your child.
The temple follows a semi-thick design that gets thinner as you move down to the ear tip of the glasses for added comfort and stability when using headphones.
In case blue isn’t your child’s favorite color, you could also go with the other variants that come in black and onyx-teal color.
Besides, this model by Gunnar also offers variants with clear lenses which look nicer (the lens is clear and not yellowish) but don’t provide anywhere near the same level of protection due to the lack of the amber lens (which is what turns the lens yellow-looking).
In terms of protection, the amber lens reduces blue light exposure by 65% and UV light by 100%. The lens is also anti-reflective, which means that there will be no added stress to your child’s eyesight while gaming.
In terms of health benefits, these glasses help with headaches, eye-strain, eye dryness, migraines, blurry vision, eye fatigue, and better sleep.
The other variant of this model with the clear lens provides pretty much the same benefits, except the blue light protection is reduced to 35% as compared to the 65% that the amber lenses can provide.
Gunnar are market leaders when it comes to manufacturing high-quality gaming glasses that truly protect your eyesight.
The more affordable glasses seem to offer a relatively similar level of protection as compared to their higher-priced counterparts.
Amber lens offers 65% blue light protection and clear lens glasses offer just 35% blue light protection.
Overall, glasses for gaming are definitely worth it, especially for those that play games for hours every day and want to either ease their symptoms or prevent potential health problems as a result of prolonged screen usage.