Computer eye strain is a bitch, I know that now.
It’s been over two weeks now that I’ve had a chance to really size-up my computer glasses. I decided to shell out the $100 for a pair after suffering from 2 consecutive ocular migraines. These puppies aren’t the usual run of the mill headaches, no these bastards mess with my eye sight, cause numbness in my arms and slur my speech. After changes in diet, exercise, hydration and sleep nothing seemed to work to stop these headaches.
In an “ah-ha” moment after my last headache I realized that I never got these prior to moving to Colorado, and working with a computer 8 plus hours a day. After researching ocular migraines a bit more I decided to give computer glasses a try.
First off, I have 20/20 vision and no need for glasses… yet. I needed to find a pair of glasses which relieved computer eye-strain without a prescription. Google and Leo Laporte lead me to Gunnar Optiks. I opted for the Sheadogs because I’m still a fan of the metallic silver.
In Applesque style, they arrived in a slick package and the presentation was top-shelf. The glasses feel lightweight but sturdy. My only surprise is they didn’t come with a hardcase to lug them around in my laptop bag. That was remedied by a visit to my local Target, where they were nice enough to just give me a free case.
I was skeptical at first if these babies would really make a difference during the day. At first it felt foreign to be wearing glasses, but I got used to that after the second day. I think the hardest aspect to get used to is the yellow tint. All the Gunnar Optik glasses have this Bono-ish yellow look. For the designers out there, the yellow tint might be a deal breaker. There is also a very slight magnification which is noticeable as you glimpse down under the glasses.
Now, I can’t work on a computer without these glasses. After putting in a 10+ hour day yesterday my eyes still feel fresh and relaxed. Looking at a computer screen without them is intense. I notice a blueish brightness and intensity when I look at my screen now that I’m use to wearing these glasses. I haven’t had a headache yet, then again it will be several months before I’m willing to say the glasses have saved me from the ocular migraines.