No, your eyes don’t become squares when you sit in front of TVs and monitors a lot. They can, however, strain your eyes with harmful blue light. Many monitors offer their own ways of cutting back on blues, but if you want optimal eye performance everywhere, some proper glasses are where it’s at. Get your eyes gaming optimally with our top picks on some of the best gaming glasses.
Are gaming glasses really needed? Not necessarily. Many gamers can game just fine without a set of tailored goggles. Especially when optimizing screens and not straining their eyes for too long, there should be barely any significant harm.
What gaming glasses (and other screen-protective glasses) offer, mostly comes down to overall comfort for your eyes. Blue light and ultraviolet rays are known to “exhaust” your eyes faster than other shades. By blocking these rays out, your eyes could potentially be “optimized” for longer focus and less strain. We’ve talked about this more in-depth in our Gaming Glasses Buying Guide.
It’s not a matter of suddenly aiming better — it’s more about not murdering your eyes when doing just that, for hours on end. Gaming glasses will have you gaming with better focus, while also keeping your eyes somewhat more relaxed.
With that being said, let’s get to listing some of the best gaming glasses on the market…
What we look for in gaming eyewear, comes down to effectiveness and comfort. We want optimal vision for prolonged sessions, without strain on your eyes or scalp. The yellow-ish tint might be preferred by some, but most gamers don’t want to constantly be reminded that they’re wearing the glasses.
The best gaming glasses are still a matter of preference and eye conditions, but our top picks can be considered the top of their respective class. Take in mind that nearly all gaming glasses feature a slight magnification, but on these models, that’s probably barely noticeable.
Gaming brand HyperX knows when to be flashy, and when not to. With a look that says more business than casual, HyperX’s Spectre range of gaming eyewear is a perfect choice if you want a more professional look from your gaming glasses. The lens material is almost fully transparent (which is quite rare), while still blocking out harmful light rays effectively.
If you’re on the fence on how helpful “gaming glasses” are, just check out some video material on HyperX Gaming Eyewear. YouTube is filled with people shining a blue laser directly on the lenses, with barely any light shining through. In addition, the glasses are built comfortable and sturdy as hell — although you won’t find many people trying the latter out on camera.
Sure, the red shading and HyperX logo might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But fear not, as HyperX offers different colors and shapes from their own Spectre website — even shipping prescription lenses in some cases. If you’re looking for the best gaming glasses for you, HyperX Spectre Gaming Eyewear is a great place to start your journey.
The Intercept range from Gunnar Optiks can be seen as the quintessential gaming glasses. Their yellow shade invokes the style of shooting glasses, albeit in a less sporty manner. Gunnar offers the Intercept in four shades of yellow, tending to how much blue light you would want to filter.
The Intercept range features a somewhat thicker frame, while still maintaining a low profile. The high-contrast “Gunnar” logo on the side notwithstanding. They’re quite comfortable overall, especially for those with a bigger head frame. That versatility goes a long way for those still finding their footing in the glasses game. If you’re down with the yellow shade, that is.
If you want to absolutely murder blue light, the Amber and Dark Amber variations are your go-to. The yellow tint can be distracting to some, but they’re highly effective at filtering blue light and UV rays. Should that mean more to you than style or transparency, Gunnar offers a great range of glasses delivering just that.
If you’re looking for that shooting range drip, the Vayper range from Gunnar Optiks is a great contender. It’s meant for office use and gaming, but retains the sporty lines stemming from gun ranges. Combined with Gunnar’s classic, yellow shaded lenses, they’re quite a look.
The lighter frame is more prone to damage than Gunnar’s thicker offerings, but they hold up quite well. The thinner design potentially benefits those who don’t like the feeling of glasses on their face. Vayper is less versatile than Gunnar’s Intercept, but does great with those looking for lightweight options.
Depending on where you’re at in the world, these frames can run quite affordably. The Vayper range is not always available in all four shades of blue light reduction, but considering the often lowered price, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Moving away from strictly gaming-oriented models, Pixels makes some great office glasses too. Their Buteo series comes in two colors, and features solid blue light reduction without turning your vision yellow. If you want to wear your gaming glasses to a regular office too, these will probably not stand out all too much.
The Buteo is made specifically to block out blue light from digital screens, and do so with on-par results. Pixel’s blue light reduction is somewhat less effective than other contenders on this list, as well as their own “Amber” line of mainstream glasses. This will work perfectly fine for gaming however — just don’t take on too many all-nighter raids.
Being more office-minded, Pixel also offers the incredibly comfortable Buteo range (as well as many other frames) with prescription lenses. If you’re already a user of prescription eyewear, these offerings might make for a subtle, gaming-proof solution, without appearing too “gamer-y”.
That’s all for our recommendations on some of the best gaming glasses of today. Sure, they’re not for everybody, but your eyes will surely thank you. We hope our listings get you looking in the right direction, no matter your style or eye condition.
Still not sure about certain aspects? Or do you feel like we missed a great addition to our list? Don’t be shy, and tell us. We would be happy to keep talking optimal gaming sight, down in the comments.