14 Hours at the Computer and How I Fixed My Eye Strain

On a typical day, I’m awake by 6:30 am and sitting at my computer. I spend around 14 hours looking at a screen and sometimes I move away from my computer to sit on the couch with my iPad. To say that I’ve experienced eye strain would be putting it very lightly.

I’m a big fan of League of Legends (psst, that’s a referral link), and I noticed Dyrus (one of my favorite top-lane players) wearing some funky yellow glasses about a year ago.

I know that these guys spend countless hours in front of a monitor, but I also know that they do a lot of sponsorship deals so I wasn’t fully convinced of the validity of what Gunnar Optiks was doing.

Then I met the people from the company.

They’ve put tireless research into the design and fabrication of their lenses. There’s a lot of thought behind why they are the specific colors that they are, how they work and why they can benefit computer users. I was at least sold enough to try a pair for review.

It took a couple of days to really notice the difference, but I think that’s because headaches and sore, dry eyes have become so normal to me that I don’t really recognize when they’re happening. At least I didn’t until they were gone.

Suddenly, on day 3, I had that ah-hah moment where I looked away from the computer at 11pm and I didn’t feel exhausted. My eyes didn’t burn, my head didn’t hurt and I generally felt that I had more energy left at the end of the day. I hadn’t specifically changed anything else in my daily routine, so the Gunnars are the only thing to which I can really attribute the improvements.

In the weeks that have followed, I’ve made it a habit to wear my glasses when I’m at the computer. The one day that I forgot them? The headache reminded me to put them on. I noticed it.

Before this turns into an ad for Gunnar, let me say that there are likely other products on the market that work well too. My only experience is with this brand, so I can’t speak to any others.

There’s a lot of talk lately about standing desks, changing habits and other ways to help those of us who sit on our butts in front of computers live better and longer. But I think that while we’re paying attention to those things, we need to also focus on how easy it is to forget about our eyes. After all, without them the entire process of working on screens becomes considerably more difficult.

Do some research. Find out for yourself if you’re experiencing direct or indirect effects of eye strain. Decide which course of action that you want to take, but please do something if you are.

Disclosure: Gunnar Optiks provided me, upon request for review, with a set of its Crystalline glasses while I was at CES.

Further Disclosure: I’m addicted to them and nobody at Gunnar is paying me to write this. I just feel that they’ve helped me, and I hope that they (or any other brand) can help others as well.


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