How Gaming Glasses Can Improve Your Game

Do you get tired after hours of concentrating on the screen while gaming? If so, you’re likely suffering from digital eye strain. Gaming glasses can extend the amount of time and quality of your game while protecting your overall eye health.

As gamers, you’re more intensely staring at the screen compared to an average computer user. So you likely experience dry or red eyes, headaches, blurred vision, neck or back pain, or general fatigue while gaming or after gaming. You’re not alone. 70% of adults report having digital eye strain from just using a computer, much less using it at the intensity level of a gamer. For young adults, digital eye strain can be an even bigger issue as the eyes and brains are still developing.

Traditional gaming glasses were designed to optimize and protect your eyesight when you’re looking at a digital screen. They use anti-reflective treatment to reduce glare, increase the contrast to help you look at the screen for a long time without experiencing fatigue, headaches or a loss of focus. Essentially, they reduce or remove some of the digital effects that gaming causes to the human eye and brain.

However just removing the glare doesn’t address another serious issue of screen-time, which is overall eye health. Your computer screen constantly shines blue light that mimics the “high-noon” sun. This is is exhausting for your brain and body, plus is unhealthy for your long term vision. If you’ve ever finished a game in the early morning hours and you’re exhausted, but couldn’t go to sleep, it’s likely because of the bright blue screen. In fact, a new study came out that points to blue light from computer screens, smart-phones and tablets being a cause of macular degeneration (a blindness disease) later on in life.

The solution to the blue light stress is to reduce some, but not all, of the blue from your screen. This will increase the contrast of the screen and allows your eyes to relax by blocking the blue spectrum. All without significantly altering the colors you see in your game.

That is what TrueDark Daywalker helps you emulate. Rather than blocking all of the blue light, we block enough to prevent eye strain, while letting the right amount through to keep you naturally awake, alert, and focused. In addition, you can have sharper and clearer vision.

So how do you chose gaming glasses that will provide you with visual stamina, reduce glare, give you a sharper, reduce blue light, increase focus and provide a clearer view of the screen?

Chose computer gaming glasses that are designed for high performance: 

  1. Comfort is king – You’ll be wearing your gaming glasses for hours at a time. Avoid cheap plastic frames that will pinch or squeeze your head, so pay attention to the quality. (Hint: a $10 pair of safety glasses won’t do the trick.) Be sure you order from a well-known brand who offers a money back guarantee so you can try them out.
  2. Lens quality and features  – cheap or low quality lenses and coatings can cause more harm than good, resulting in more eye strain and headaches if they are made with substandard materials that don’t refract light properly. Plus be sure they are scratch resistant. 
  3. Block part of the blue spectrum –  Remember, you need some blue during the day so your brain stays awake and alert, while not being overstimulated with too much blue.
  4. If you suspect or know you have eye strain – Such as you get headaches and lose focus quickly when gaming, then choose more blue light protection. These will have a slightly yellow tint, such as the Daywalker Elites that block 75% of the blue spectrum.
  5. If you don’t think you  have eye strain – Then consider your eye health and choose some AR and blue blocking protection such as the Daywalker Pro or Focus that block 40% of the blue spectrum.

Also, when you’re creating your pre-game ritual, consider getting some natural sunlight prior to getting settled in to play. You’ll then go into your game more alert and focused.

Junk Light, Disrupted Sleep, and Your Health

Exposure melatonin disrupting junk light can have have effects on many aspects of your health

Sleep cycle disruption

Junk light exposure when traveling can disrupt your circadian rhythm. Long-term exposure to light at night which accompanies shift work is listed as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Light at night has shown to be highly associated with significantly the risk of hormone specific such as cancers of the breast and prostate.

Headaches/Vision

The flickering wavelength of light associated with LEDs and compact fluorescent lights emit blue light that inhibits melatonin production but also create a unique glare that impacts your retina causing eye strain, headaches, and physical and mental fatigue.

Weight Gain

Red light and darkness move leptin and ghrelin into patterns that are (context dependent) associated with less hunger, while blue light does the opposite and can move both into patterns associated with more hunger.

Anxiety/Depression & Depression

Increase in cortisol, the stress hormone, due to circadian disruption. Memory recall is impaired with consistent sleep deprivation and may leave you distracted and not performing your absolute best.

The Importance of Melanopsin Cells

The Key to Better Sleep

detects blue light

The melanopsin cells detect blue light it tells your brain that it is “daytime” and less melatonin is produced.

sending signals to your brain

The signals to your brain to alert brightness and for the brain to increase or suppress the sleep hormone, melatonin.

Light Source

Melanopsin cells can’t differentiate the blue light that occurs naturally form the sun from the junk light emitted from your computer monitor.

Start Optimizing Your Life

Harness Your Biology to Fight Junk Light

Your body requires some blue light at the right time of day and from the right sources. That’s why we created TrueDark® Sleep Technology that gives you 24-protection from junk light day and night.

Use TrueDark® Twilights When You’re Ready for Sleep

Stop Junk Light with patented TrueDark® Twilight technology that frees your hormones and neurotransmitters to do their best work.

When the sun goes down, blue light isn’t the only junk light that can disrupt our sleep cycle and more than blue blockers are needed. Patented TrueDark® Twilight is the first and only solution that is designed to work with melanopsin, a protein in your eyes responsible for absorbing light and sending sleep/wake signals to your brain. Without melanopsin, melatonin can’t be accessed.

When you wear your Twilights for as little as 30 min before bed you prevent your melanopsin from detecting the wrong wavelengths of light at the wrong time of day. This supports  your circadian rhythm and helps you fall asleep faster and get more restorative and restful sleep.

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TrueDark® Daywalkers for Your Waking Hours

The highly advanced lenses in TrueDark® Daywalkers operate on a more advanced level than traditional blue blockers.

Blue light emitted from the sun helps regulate our sleep/wake cycle. However, in today’s world, we’re exposed to an overabundance of blue light, or junk light from artificial light. This includes hours spent in front of  TVs, phones, and computers. It also includes time spent in artificial man made light with LEDs and fluorescent lights. Even if we’re simply reading a book, we’re doing that in artificial light which emit dramatically more blue light than the sun. That overexposure to junk light during the day has a dramatic impact on our neurotransmitters and hormones that are responsible for quality sleep.

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