In the digital age, gaming has become a favorite pastime for many. From casual gamers to professional eSports athletes, video games provide entertainment, challenge, and even a sense of community. However, prolonged screen time can lead to a common issue: eye strain. In this discussion, we will explore the link between gaming and eye strain, suggesting actionable steps to maintain eye health while still enjoying your favorite games.
The Impact of Gaming on Eye Health
Eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, is a serious problem that can result from extended periods of screen time. Symptoms often include dryness, itchiness, blurriness, redness, and even headaches. In the context of gaming, these symptoms can not only be uncomfortable but can also affect performance.
Blue Light Exposure During Gaming
One of the main culprits behind eye strain is the blue light emitted by screens. While not all blue light is harmful, the specific high-energy visible (HEV) light emitted by digital devices can cause eye strain and disrupt sleep patterns. This is where blue light blocking glasses can help. They filter out the harmful HEV light, reducing eye strain and helping to maintain a healthy sleep cycle.
Preventing Eye Strain for Gamers
Prevention is always better than cure, and there are several actionable steps gamers can take to prevent or reduce eye strain.
- Take Regular Breaks: Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This can help reduce eye strain and fatigue.
- Adjust Screen Brightness: The screen brightness should be similar to the light level in the room to reduce strain on the eyes.
- Opt for Blue Light Glasses: As mentioned earlier, blue light glasses can be a valuable tool in preventing eye strain for gamers by filtering out the harmful HEV light.
Choosing the Right Gaming Eyewear
For those who spend significant time gaming, investing in the right eyewear can make all the difference. Prescription gaming glasses can be tailored to your unique vision needs, providing clear, comfortable vision during extended gaming sessions. Furthermore, they can be equipped with blue light blocking technology to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of HEV light.
The key is choosing the right frame for gaming. Lightweight frame options can ensure comfort during long gaming marathons. You can choose from a wide range of stylish gaming frames at Zenni Optical, ensuring you can game in comfort and style.
About the Author: Dr. Steven Liem, OD, FAAO
Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.