Use Gunnar Glasses to Reduce the Strain Post-Processing Puts On Your Eyes

Since launching back in 2007, Gunnar glasses have received a considerable amount of attention in the tech world for their ability to combat computer vision syndrome (CVS). If you spend hours upon hours every day staring at your computer monitor while post-processing your photographs, you might have experienced the symptoms of CVS, which include eye fatigue, visual stress, irritation, burning, tearing, and dryness. Here’s the description of Gunnar glasses on the company’s website:

GUNNARS increase contrast, comfort and focus while minimizing eye fatigue and visual stress for anyone who spends long hours staring at digital screens. GUNNAR eyewear is powered by i-AMP lens technology comprised of a proprietary lens material in an advanced geometry tuned for intermediate viewing distance and finished with custom formulated lens filters, tints and coatings.

If you want to give it a shot, here’s some good news: until September 11, 2012, Woot is selling a number of Gunnar glasses for up to 77% off the price you’ll find at retail outlets. Instead of $100-$190, you can pick one up for just $35-$50. The ones being sold are marketed towards video gamers, but should work just fine for photographers as well.

Gunnar Gaming Glasses on Woot (via Lifehacker)

  • Alik Griffin

    Does anyone know if these actually work? I constantly get Eye strain problems.

  • Michael Zhang
  • Mark Houston

    Do they have no tint lens? The yellow tint would make them useless for photographic work on the computer.

  • harumph

    If they “increase contrast,” then that doesn’t really sound like something that would be useful for post-processing. Plus the tint.

  • rtfe

    practice 20. every 20 minutes, fix your eyes on something other than the screen, for 20 seconds. works.

  • David Portass

    I photograph a lot of UK eSports and many competitive gamers are now using them given how much time they train for competitions and they swear by them. Gaming is one thing though, post processing photos is completely different, any glasses that change how the image appears on screen to your eyes isn’t good, even if they weren’t tinted, the fact they increase contrast is bad. Just have more breaks from looking at the screen.

  • eschrad

    Photographers/designers… anyone who does a lot of intense detail work on the computer… should simply try using some +1 readers. This minor amount of magnification will do a lot to relieve some of the eye muscle strain. My eye doctor recommended this to me after I complained of what apparently is now called “computer vision syndrome”.

  • kbfoot

    Snake oil…

  • Leah Peasley

    I use these at work, and yes they are AMAZING for eye strain. However, I couldn’t ever use them for photo editing – at least not for color. I leave them at work for boring number crunching and go to regular glasses for photos.