What were important factors in my decision?
- Comfort and ease of wearing. I don't wear glasses otherwise, so I wanted something that I would be able to wear for the day and not notice. I wouldn't necessarily know if the glasses fit this criteria until I bought them, but it was still important. I was, however, able to try on the Gunnar glasses. Now, I don't know if I have ridiculously long eyelashes or something, but my eyelashes hit the glasses whenever I blinked. Definitely annoying!
- Be as clear as possible. If you've looked at these kinds of glasses online before, you probably have seen that the vast majority are YELLOW. I realize that they will probably always have a slight yellow tint as they are supposed to block the blue light, but I didn’t want anything that would make the world look like I was looking through, well, pee. This wasn't just a vanity thing; I needed to be able to see the colors on my screen as best as possible, even if I planned on taking off the glasses when doing color-intensive work.
- NO MAGNIFICATION. This might seem silly, what glasses would have magnification unless they were meant to be regular reading glasses for people who need it? Well… for one, the Gunnars. It's actually not really broadcasted on their site (they call it "improved focusing power", but after reading reviews complaining about this "feature", I dug through the website and sure enough, they have a slight magnification.) I said it earlier, but I don't need regular glasses; I have perfect vision aside from my colorblindness. I didn't want anything that would possibly affect my vision. My friend who has a pair of Gunnars also has perfect vision and his glasses don't bother him, but I chose not to take the risk. This magnification was the biggest reason that I chose to look into other brands!
- Feminine in appearance. This was pretty much the bottom of the criteria; I really didn't care what they looked like as long as they worked. I mean, who was going to see me wear them outside of my husband? But, I am still vain enough that if given a choice, I would pay a little bit more to get feminine frames. This was my "icing on top" criteria that I didn't think I would be able to meet, as the vast majority of the frames were at best masculine-leaning unisex, and at worst bro-styled masculine glasses.
- Reduce eyestrain. This is the main reason I wanted these glasses, so they better work!
What were my initial thoughts?
- Nearly immediately after putting them on, I was comfortable wearing them. The frames are big so I don’t really see them in my field of vision. (Well, I do, but they're so far on the edges that it doesn't matter). They fit my tiny head too! I don't know about the other styles, but the "cateye" style definitely fits female faces.
- They do have a yellow tint, and while not very noticeable in the Amazon photos, is definitely noticeable when you wear them. I was concerned that this would be an issue for me still, but I decided that I would have to wear them longer to see if I would get used to it.
- They don't have any magnification. At all. So they check this box! I don't think I need to say anything else here.
- They are feminine. The brand does also make other styles too. The only downside to this frame style is that my husband makes fun of me for the style, but oh well, I think they're cute!
- After one day, it seemed like they worked, but I didn't want to jump to conclusions.
How do I like them after a month?
- They are still incredibly comfortable. I actually forget I'm wearing them! The only downside is that the nose area is a bit wide so it tends to slip down my (admittedly oily and pretty small) nose. This isn't a huge issue, but it might be for some people. I tend to not even notice it until they're nearly falling off!
- They yellow tint is definitely not as noticeable when you wear them for a while. It's actually kind of unnerving sometimes when I forget I'm wearing them, look outside, and wonder why the sky has that "twilight" golden color in the middle of the afternoon! I also have to remember to take them off when switching to color-intensive work, and give my eyes time to adjust too. The world looks pretty blue immediately after taking them off, so I generally try to time taking them off with my stretch break!
- They still don't have magnification. They don't affect my vision negatively, and I don't experience headaches wearing them.
- They're still feminine in style. My husband has stopped making fun of me; I think he's just happy I'm not hurting my eyes looking at my screen all day!
- As far as the reason I actually bought them, eye strain, they do seem to help. I've noticed that after a long day of drawing I don't feel like my eyes are going to fall out of my head anymore. Of course this could be a placebo effect, but I don't think so. I'm sure if the lenses were more yellow in tint, they would work even better, but like I said, I needed to be able to see colors as best as possible.
There was one thing I didn't notice immediately, but I did also get used to so it's not an issue anymore. For awhile, I was noticing a blue "smudge" right in the middle of my glasses. I kept wiping them with the included cloth, but it wasn't going away. It was probably a week of just dealing with it before I realized that I was seeing a reflection. …..the reflection of light sparkling off my bridge piercing… Once I realized what it was, my brain started to tune it out and I don't really notice it anymore.
They also seem to get smudgy fast, but they came with a cleaning cloth, so I just wipe them off every couple of days. I am wary of using any sort of cleaning solution on them as some reviews suggest that it will harm the yellow tint.
Here is where I bought mine:
And just in case, I was not paid or given any compensation for writing this (nor will I receive anything if you choose to purchase anything linked)! These are all of my own thoughts.
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