One of my favorite apps is called f.lux, which basically changes the red/green/blue balance of your display. Why is this important? Well, it’s to get to sleep if you work or play video games late at night.
As it turns out, too much blue light actually prevents the “sleepy” hormone from being produced in your brain, which keeps you awake for longer. This is why it’s recommended that you ditch all your screens 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime and actually do something primitive, like read a book or talk to your family.
It goes without saying that part of keeping gaming a healthy hobby, or preventing working at home from becoming a burden, involves not letting it interfere with your rest. You’ll also ideally want to preserve your eyesight for the years to come. Especially if you don’t make a habit of taking a break from the computer every 20 minutes or so, blue light stresses both your retina and lens. This can lead to serious problems in the long run, while eye strain can also cause headaches and unnecessary fatigue.
So, blue screen light is bad for dedicated gamers and nocturnal workers, and you need to do something about it. There’s a problem with using only software to address this issue, though: both LCD and plasma screens automatically emit some amount of blue light, regardless of what picture they’re supposed to be displaying. So, while programs like f.lux help, they don’t quite get there all the way, and anyone who spends hours a day looking at a screen should be doing better.
Glasses like these are a much safer solution. They physically block almost all blue and ultraviolet light, but unlike most “blue blocker” lenses, don’t distort the color balance to the point where everything turns a shade of red (there is a noticeable change in colors at first, but you’ll get used to this within minutes). There’s also a clip-on version in case you already wear glasses.
There are many non-prescription glasses out there that do something similar, but this one is our favorite. At half the price of some others, it still offers superior performance, at least according to the manufacturer’s data. Its unisex design is also a lot more attractive than that of many competitors – unless you favor the Clark Kent look for some reason.
Finally, there’s the ergonomic factor: you will probably be wearing these glasses for hours at a time. With a flexible (and almost unbreakable) frame and weighing in at less than an ounce, you’ll hardly know they’re there.