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#1 Sep 05 2012 at 8:55 AM Rating: Good
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I saw these 'gaming' glasses for sale on woot. The Gunnar computer eye-wear site claims that these revolutionary glasses reduce eye strain. Here is their claim:

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Comprised of proprietary lens material in an advanced shape, finished with custom formulated lens tints and coatings, i-AMP lens technology is specifically engineered to reduce digital eye strain.


Admittedly yellow lenses will reduce glare off a screen. In fact I had a pair of yellow-tinted reading glasses that I used to wear when doing much reading on my computer (then i lost them). I paid twenty bucks for them. More than I typically pay for readers but not outlandishly expensive. However, they made no claims about reducing eye strain.

I get a bit skeptical whenever I see 'proprietary' in a product description. I mean any scientist with a lab should be able to figure out what this special lens stuff is and presumably they have a patent - so what's the big deal? They're asking eighty bucks for a pair of glasses that wont even keep the sun out of your eyes.

I'm of the mind that any reported reduction in eye-strain when using these glasses fall firmly under the placebo effect column.

Anyone used these things?





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#2 Sep 05 2012 at 9:06 AM Rating: Good
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I'd pass. The claims are vague, and the tech behind them seems to be deliberately esoteric. Seems bogus.

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#3 Sep 05 2012 at 9:15 AM Rating: Good
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I would wait for the Oculus Rift to be finished, they seem more practical for gaming than a pair of fancy sunglasses.
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#4 Sep 05 2012 at 9:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'd see if you can find another of the $20 pair, or get some cycling glasses. Something like this is $8.
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#5 Sep 05 2012 at 9:32 AM Rating: Good
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I'd see if you can find another of the $20 pair, or get some cycling glasses. Something like this is $8.

Oh, I hadn't intended to buy them. They don't even come with magnification. Useless I say.
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
I would wait for the Oculus Rift to be finished, they seem more practical for gaming than a pair of fancy sunglasses.
Imagine what that could do to the world of porn.
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#7 Sep 05 2012 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
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They make the screen easier on the eyes at night by tinting everything yellow, sure, but a much better solution is something along the line of F.lux. It removes the blue light from the screen when the sun goes down, removing a lot of headaches and sleep issues. So yes, they're functional, but you can just download an easier fix.
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While I do know that yellow tints improve visual acuity I can't really say that I'd want to wear yellow tints while gaming.

In addition to gaming, I spend a lot of time in front of a monitor for business. I had my optometrist give me a prescription for a pair of computer glasses where she asked the distance between where I normally sit and my monitor and then set up the eye machine for that distance to develop the prescription.

I can tell you that these glasses were worth every penny which really wasn't all that much. Eye strain gone ...period. BIG difference.

Side note, I got the frames in a style that make me look like a SCH. Bonus!
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#9 Sep 06 2012 at 8:00 AM Rating: Good
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RaiseIII wrote:
While I do know that yellow tints improve visual acuity I can't really say that I'd want to wear yellow tints while gaming.
Not for a hundred bucks, anyway.
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#10 Sep 06 2012 at 11:54 AM Rating: Good
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RaiseIII wrote:
While I do know that yellow tints improve visual acuity I can't really say that I'd want to wear yellow tints while gaming.
Not for a hundred bucks, anyway.
$1.29 - and they're ANSI rated safety glasses to boot.

But would they cool to wear when gaming?
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#11 Sep 08 2012 at 3:11 AM Rating: Decent
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My friend has some gaming glasses that I think were tinted yellow or something and reduced eye strain. He used them when we'd play tf2 for hours.

No clue if they work or not though.
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