Whether your gaming days started with Pong or the PlayStation 5, chances are you’ve already fallen victim to vision-related problems. If you find yourself signing out due to dry eye, strained vision, or uncomfortable headaches, it’s time to seriously consider gaming glasses. More than just the buzz surrounding it, gaming glasses will change the way you game — while protecting your vision.

At SportRx, our team of fellow gamers and expert opticians are ready to divulge everything you need to know before buying gaming glasses. Join us as we reveal why you want them, what to look for, and how to pick the best gaming glasses.

Gaming Glasses Buyer’s Guide

A. Watch the Video
B. What is Digital Eye Strain?
C. What to Look for in Gaming Glasses
1. Frame Technology
2. Lens Technology
D. Best Gaming Glasses
1. For Men
2. For Women
3. Oakley
E. Prescription Gaming Glasses Online at SportRx


Watch the Video


What is Digital Eye Strain?

Before we jump into what to look for in gaming glasses, let’s talk about why you want them in the first place.

Digital eye strain is a group of vision-related problems that results from prolonged digital screen usage. Research reveals that the amount of exposure correlates to the severity of the symptoms. As gamers, you likely have already experienced some of the most common digital eye strain symptoms, such as:

  • Eye discomfort and fatigue
  • Eye redness
  • Dry eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches

Gamer glasses act as a physical barrier between your eyes and digital eye strain, otherwise known as computer vision syndrome. We’ll focus on how they do so when we get into the specifics of lens technology below.


What to Look for in Gaming Glasses

Gaming glasses should be comfortable and prevent symptoms of digital eye strain. To achieve comfort both physically and visually, we’ll review frame technology and lens technology.

Frame Technology

To ensure a comfortable fit, frame technology plays a major role. There are a few key features to consider when comparing gamer glasses.

Lightweight

Lightweight materials provide a comfortable fit without adding weight. One of our favorite compliments for frames is that they’re so lightweight, you forget they’re on. Keep an eye out for materials like Oakley’s O Matter™, nylon, or high-quality acetate.

Rubber Grip

Strategically placed rubber grip enhances comfort while providing extra staying power. Some of our favorite grip technologies are Costa’s Hydrolite™ and Oakley’s Unobtainium®. Both react to moisture and get stickier the more you sweat. So, if the final boss fight is heating you up, your gamer glasses will stay perfectly in place.

Proper Fit

When shopping for gaming glasses online, pay particular attention to the sizing options. Many frames are available in multiple sizes and by selecting the correct one, you’ll get maximum comfort.

Not sure how the frames should fit or which size to get? Visit our guide on How Glasses Should Fit and SportRx Frame Width.


Lens Technology

Lenses are the key ingredient to a better gaming experience. They reveal greater contrast, brighter colors, and alleviate symptoms of digital eye strain. Let’s review which features to consider when picking lenses for your gamer glasses.

Blue Light Protection

Digital screens are one of the most common sources of harmful blue light. Existing within the 400-450 nanometer range of the visible light spectrum, blue light poses several risks toward the integrity of a person’s vision. From temporary eye fatigue to increased risk of macular degeneration, gaming glasses with blue light defense ensure your visual comfort while protecting your eyes.

Want to learn more about the risks associated with blue light? Visit our blog on blue light lenses.

light spectrum chart featuring nonvisible light and visible blue light

Anti-Reflective Coating

Fight off distracting glare with a high-quality AR coating. Applied to the surface of the lens, an AR coating minimizes glare, and unwanted reflections. Not to be confused with blue defense, visit our blog to learn the differences between anti-reflective vs blue light coatings.

Rx-Ability

Wear prescription? SportRx has you covered with prescription gaming glasses tailor-made to your vision needs. Simply select “prescription” on the frame’s product page and we’ll walk you through the customization process step-by-step. Have questions along the way? Reach out to us! Our friendly opticians are standing by 7 days a week to answer all your questions. Or talk about the latest game to hit the market!


Best Gaming Glasses

Ready to take your gaming to the next level with the best gaming glasses of the year? We’ve curated the best of the best to help you fight blue light, glare, and reveal sharper, more comfortable vision. Explore our top picks for gamers below!

Want a sneak peek? Take a look at the best from each category below.

Shop All Gaming Glasses


For Men: Oakley Metalink

Oakley brings a clean design and performance technology to these sleek gaming glasses. The Metalink is ultra-lightweight with its NanO Matter™ construction, which is 67% thinner than acetate. It also features Unobtainium™ rubber for extra grip and headset-compatible temples.

As for the lenses, Oakley PRIZM™ Gaming will change the way you play. They’re a leader in Esports with sharper vision and blue light protection. They are also Rx-able!

oakley metalink gaming glasses in satin black with oakley prizm gaming lens technology

Oakley Metalink in Satin Black with PRIZM™ Gaming Lenses

Shop Oakley Metalink

Oakley Metalink Key Features

  • NanO Matter™ frame is 67% thinner & 3X stronger than acetate
  • Stainless steel temples covered in Unobtainium™ rubber grip gets tackier with sweat
  • TruBridge™ technology comes with multiple nose pads so you can pick the best fit for you
  • Rx-able
  • SportRx Frame Width (What is SFW?): 53 Eyesize – 135mm; 55 Eyesize – 139mm

For Women: Maui Jim MJO2302

Achieve style and superior optics with the women’s Maui Jim MJO2302 eyeglasses. Featuring Maui Jim’s new frame material, Hexetate, the MJO2302 is 10% lighter than traditional acetate. A gorgeous cat-eye shape gives you generous coverage from harmful blue light. Select Maui Jim Blue Light Protect lenses for optimal visual comfort and heightened contrast.

Maui Jim MJO2302 gaming glasses for women. Yellow tortoise frame with clear lenses.

Maui Jim MJO2302 in Yellow Havana with Clear Lenses

Shop Maui Jim MJO2302

Maui Jim MJO2302 Key Features

  • Hexetate frame construction is 10% lighter than traditional acetate
  • Cat eye lenses are flattering on a variety of face shapes
  • Available with Maui Jim Blue Light Protect lens technology
  • Rx-able
  • SFW: 130mm

Oakley Gaming Glasses: Oakley Activate

Oakley brings a wrap design to this versatile pair of gamer glasses. The Oakley Activate features a 6-base curve, unlike traditional eyeglasses with a 4-base curve. This contoured wrap provides a wider field of vision while also providing extra coverage from harmful blue light. These Oakley gaming glasses are also available with Rx-able PRIZM™ Gaming lens technology!

Oakley Activate gaming glasses in satin black with Oakley PRIZM Gaming blue light lenses.

Oakley Activate in Satin Black with PRIZM™ Gaming Lenses

Shop Oakley Activate

Oakley Activate Key Features

  • 6-base curve provides wide field of vision
  • O Matter™ frame is lightweight & durable
  • Ace Fit temples are easily heated, then molded to create a custom fit
  • TruBridge™ technology comes with multiple nose pads so you can pick the best fit for you
  • SFW: 53 Eyesize – 125mm; 55 Eyesize – 130mm

Prescription Gaming Glasses Online at SportRx

Need prescription gaming glasses? Done. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tool tips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, contact us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your prescription gaming glasses.

Ditch risky online shopping with our See Better Guarantee. Try your gamer glasses for 45 days. If you’re not satisfied, send them back. Get a full refund, exchange, or credit towards a better pair. And return shipping? Covered. Get prescription gaming glasses online at SportRx today!

Shop All Gaming Glasses