Gunnar Glasses from episode 320
I listened to the latest [I think] episode and you guys mentioned Gunnars gaming glasses. I don't have Gunnars, but I do have a personally made pair of computer glasses with a yellow tint. I basically showed my optometrist the Gunnars website, told them what I wanted, and they did the rest. They just recommended what is now know as computer, or office, glasses but I insisted that they give it the yellow tint as well. Just to be clear, these glasses are based off of my prescription as well. Anyways, I love them! I am not going to say that they make me play games any better or that crap, but they are very comfortable for those of us that are at a computer for 10+ hours everyday. I highly recommend them, even if you have to shell out the extra money for them. They are worth every penny and I have had them for about 8 months. I am also like the guy (sorry I don't recognize voices on the show yet) whom was wearing the Gunnars because cannot wear contacts, except to exercise and my astigmatism leaves me out of the option to get lazer eye surgery. So if they helped me, I am willing to bet they could help a lot of you. (I'm not affiliated with Gunnars or any other optometry business. I am a programmer). As a measuring point, I had to use eye drops every hour or two because my eyes were so dry (or strained/irritated). Now since I got computer glasses I use eye drops maybe 1-2 times a week, if that. I honestly don't know where my eye drops are now and they used to never leave my side.
That was my opinion. Now I am going to share some of the research that I did on these gaming/computer/office glasses that seem to be the new hype.
First, I will start with the yellow tint. The reason for this is two-fold. The tint does make small details slightly crisper (yellow tint is used for hunting glasses as well I think), although you will not be able to see the 1px-sized finger of your character on your 1080p resolution monitor. Along with that, it filters some of the light out from the monitor and makes the transition between high contrast colors smoother. You might have heard before that your monitor should not be the brightest light in the room, or had that feeling of being blind after long periods on the computer. Part of that is due to the brightness and contrast of your monitor. With flashing lights, animations, contrasting colors, etc., our eyes are constantly trying to re-adjust themselves to get the proper lighting. That makes them tired and then when we are 50 we go blind! Ha. No really but it is bad for your eyes. So if the contrast is less and the monitor a bit dimmer, then our eyes don't need to work as hard to maintain the same diameter to let light through (Google eye stuff on your own time, I'm not an optometrist).
Secondly, any sort of prescription glasses have a single focal point (the point where your vision is the best). Please ignore bifocal glasses because if you are wearing them, you probably shouldn't be on a computer. Kidding aside, most prescription glasses have a focal point that is far enough for you to read a sign across the street without a problem. Reading glasses are the opposite since they have a focal point about a foot or two away from your face. Unfortunately, if you combine those two focal points, there is a large gap from about 2-25ft that glasses just don't cover perfectly. Guess what, computer monitors tend to be right in that rang at 2-4 feet away from our eyes. So what my personal optometrist did was make glasses that had a focal point at that range. As far as I know, Gunnars doesn't change the focal point, but I could definitely be wrong. All of my research done on this is almost a year old.
Anyways, I just wanted to share my opinion and knowledge on the subject because I have had great success with what I would call computer glasses. Enjoy, and keep up the great podcast! I really enjoy it!