Modern gaming takes concentration, determination, and no small amount of skill. Unfortunately, it may also be taking its toll on your health. That’s because the digital screens we use to dive into our virtual worlds emit large amounts of high-energy blue light, throwing the body’s natural sleep cycle completely out of whack. And contrary to popular belief, clear blue light gaming glasses aren’t doing anything to help.
But let’s back up for a second. What exactly are blue light gaming glasses, and why should gamers care?
Blue Light and Gamers
Have you ever had a difficult time falling asleep after a long gaming session? Have you ever awoken from a full night of sleep only to feel groggy and unfocused through the rest of your day? If so, then you may be suffering from over exposure to blue light — more specifically, the blue light emitted by computers, TVs, mobile devices, and other digital screens.
You see, the human body naturally calibrates sleep cycles (AKA circadian rhythms) based on the sun. Sunlight, particularly blue-spectrum light at or near the 455n range, suppresses our production of the sleep hormone melatonin, helping us feel more alert throughout the day. Then once the sun goes down and blue light disappears, we resume melatonin production and become tired enough to lay down for a restful night’s sleep.
However, the sun isn’t the only source of 455nm blue light. Digital screens also produce high-energy blue light, and when we expose ourselves to this light for long periods of time, melatonin production dries up, circadian rhythms become unbalanced, and restful sleep turns into a pipe dream. Melatonin suppression from blue light exposure can lead to other problems too, including blurred vision, headaches, depression, and more.
Blue light exposure has become a major issue in the last few years, as the average person is now spending more than half of the waking day using digital screen devices. Gamers, who tend to turn on the screens and keep them on into the wee hours of the morning (when the human body is at its most sensitive to blue light), may be at even greater risk.
And that brings us to blue light gaming glasses.
A Clear Solution? Maybe Not
In response to gamers’ blue light woes, several companies have begun marketing clear-lens blue light gaming glasses. These glasses look just like normal glasses, but include a clear, semi-reflective resin covering the lenses themselves. This coating is designed to filter out blue light, leaving the wearer free to enjoy digital screens without impacting melatonin production.
There’s just one problem: Clear-lense gaming glasses don’t work.
Why not? Well, the answer is in the name. Clear lenses — lenses that are not tinted in any noticeable way — allow essentially the full color spectrum to pass through. The semi reflective outer coating on the lenses blocks some blue light, but not enough to make any real difference to the wearer. In fact, even the most effective clear-lens gaming glasses are only capable of blocking out ~30% of harmful blue light. As such, wearing these glasses while gaming leads to circadian disruption, and all of the issues that go along with it.
Blue Free Optical Tinted Lenses
The sad fact is that clear lenses don’t provide enough protection, but that doesn’t mean that the overall concept is flawed. Blue light gaming glasses can protect your eyes and help ensure better sleep — provided that they use the right kind of tinted lenses.
Blue Free Optical tinted gaming glasses are the only complete blue light gaming solution. Instead of a clear resin coating that allows blue light to pass through unhindered, these glasses incorporate synthetic melanin built directly into tinted lenses. This mimics the natural filtration curve of the human eye, filtering out 100% of harmful 455nm blue light, while still preserving optimal color perception.
The end result? Gamers enjoy the freedom to play for as long or as late as they’d like, and still achieve restful, rejuvenating sleep once it’s time to put the controller down.
So, are gaming glasses worth it? Well, it all depends. If you’re thinking about buying clear blue light glasses for your marathon gaming sessions, then you might want to reconsider. Clear lenses don’t block 455nm blue light, and they don’t help keep your circadian rhythms on course. On the other, tinted lenses from Blue Free Optical are proven to block 100% of blue light at the most damaging wavelengths up to 455nm, so you can enjoy a full day’s worth of gaming without suppressing your melatonin production.
Ditch your clear gaming glasses; take blue light protection to the next level, with Blue Free Optical.
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