It probably comes as no surprise that I work on the computer a lot. Whether I am drawing a commission or answering emails, the vast majority of my day is spent staring at the computer screen. I began to notice that my eyes would be incredibly tired after a few hours, even with taking breaks every hour. I even changed the background color of a piece while inking so I didn't have the stark contrast of the black lines on a white screen! I was still getting eye fatigue. (as an aside, some people suggested using an app to change the color of the screen, such as Flux. I will admit I did not try this to try to fix the fatigue issue, though I have used it in the past and certainly do recommend it for internet surfing at night.) Now if you've heard of "blue light-blocking" or "computer" glasses, you may have heard of the brand Gunnar. Their name is what introduced me to these kinds of glasses in the first place. When I decided I wanted to get a pair of these so-called computer glasses, of course I immediately thought of their glasses, but after reading reviews and trying on a friend's pair, I ultimately decided I would go with another brand. While I can vouch that Gunnar makes quality glasses, as my friend has worn his pair every day like regular glasses and hasn't had an issue in the entire time I have known him, they had one major issue (they call it a feature) that caused me to decide to look elsewhere.
What were important factors in my decision?
There was some criteria I decided were important to me and helped me cut out many of the competitors. I'll also include a brief explanation in each criteria why the Gunnar glasses didn't make the cut initially.
What were my initial thoughts?
Based on my four criteria:
How do I like them after a month?
I've been using them nearly every day, with a break while I was moving, so I think I can safely say my review is accurate.
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.
I'm happy I bought them. I would recommend them to anyone who decided that magnification isn't for them or is on more of a budget. I can't vouch for the other frames, but I certainly like my cateyes! Obviously do a bunch of reading before buying any product and decide what is right for you, but I hope this gives you some insight into these glasses.
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.
Want me to do a review of another art-related product? Let me know in the comments and if I pick it, I'll give you a shout out in the review!