#CES09: Gunnar Optiks Digital Performance Eyewear – reduce eyestrain from computer use

Gunnar Optiks has rolled out a line of eyewear products for computer users who spend a great deal of time in front of a screen. These Digital Performance glasses were designed to reduce the eyestrain that many users experience, as well as the eye drying that occurs due to the lack of blinking. There are well-known syndromes associated with excessive computer and even handheld screen use: Digital Eye Fatigue (DEF) or Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

Gunnar incorporates a number of technologies into their glasses that help with these issues: 1. diAMIX lens material, 2. i-Fi anti-reflective lens coatings, 3. iONik lens tints and 4. fRACTYL lens geometry that curves the lens to actually reduce the amount of lost eye moisture. You can find a great deal more in-depth information on the various technologies at Gunnar’s site.

The glasses are very light, and while they take a little getting used to, just one look through them and you immediately see the difference in the crispness of the on-screen images. We plan to test these out for longer periods and write a review. Stay tuned.

There are close to 20 different models, with the main difference being the cosmetic styles; the lenses are all the same. Prices range from $99 to $199. You can get them directly from Gunnar, from Amazon and other e-tailers as well as in over 200 optical retailers.