Okay, so you've invested in some more tech to take your digital experience to the next level. Your bullet sponge game is strong!

Before you settle into your chair to take on the world, you may be thinking of the damaging UV light that may be impacting your health? If you want to keep fighting the good fight and enjoy it, you’ll want to read more.

Let's start by shining the light (see what we did there?) on UV light.


 Image Product UV (A,B,C) Blue light Category
Casual glasses Casual Glasses for computer 100% 50% 0
Revolution glasses against UV and blue light Gaming Glasses for computer 100% 86% 1
Sunglasses against blue light and UV Sunglasses for computer 100% 98% 3

What exactly is UV light?

UV, or ultraviolet light, is a type of electromagnetic radiation that has a shorter wavelength than visible light. It falls just outside of the violet end of the visible light spectrum and can be harmful to your eyes.

Electromagnetic radiation, which is transmitted in particles or waves at different wavelengths and frequencies, comes from the sun. We're getting too technical now - enough of that.

In summary, UV light is responsible for your summer tan, and unfortunately of some other less enjoyable consequences!

What are the dangers of UV light for your eyes?

Okay, so we don't want to scare you off gaming on the beach, but it's important that we highlight some of the risks of exposing your eyes to UV light for extended periods of time. Here are a few things that may make you put that controller down for a second.

Exposure to UV light is dangerous and can lead to:

  • Cataracts: This is a condition in which the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, eventually leading to vision loss.
  • Photokeratitis: Also known as "snow blindness", this is an inflammation of the cornea caused by exposure to UV radiation. It can cause pain, tears, and blurry vision.
  • Pterygium: This is a growth on the conjunctiva (the thin membrane that covers the front of the eye) that can obstruct vision.
  • Cancer of the eye: Although rare, exposure to UV radiation can increase your risk of developing cancerous tumors on the eye.

Wow, that's a lot to take in! Stay with us for a second though, as we share a few key tips on how you can protect your eyes from harmful UV light further down in this article.

Man wearing uv protection glasses

How much UV light is emitted from your computer screen?

The reality here is not that much and that’s great news. In fact, screens only emit a very very small amount of UV radiation when compared to the sun

What you do however need to be careful of is using screens outside or in overly exposed environments. This is where UV and screens can be a nasty combo :

UV light is more present outside and as your eyes focus on your screen, it absorbs both direct sunlight and the one that bounces off your screen that goes directly into your eye. Ouch. 

So the first thing to do is to have your work/game setup in the right environment. 

So I’m safe inside right?

You are a bit more protected indoors from UV light. In normal conditions, using your screen is not a major concern when it comes to UV light. 

But it is worth mentioning another enemy that comes directly from your screen, and that’s blue light. 

Blue light is all around us. It's a type of visible light that has a shorter wavelength than other colors in the visible spectrum and is located just above their close UV cousins. 

Should I also be worried about blue light?

Although blue light is not as harmful to the eye as UV radiation, it can still have negative effects if you're exposed to it for long periods of time (and god knows we are exposed to our fair share of screen time these days).

One of the main effects is the suppression of your sleep hormone (melatonin) which can contribute to major insomnia. Some long-term effects are still being studied but the first results are not super encouraging so we’d advise you to protect yourself to cover all your basis.

Person in front of computer screen

Ways to protect yourself from UV light (and blue light)

The good news is that it is easy to protect yourself from UV. Here are a few ways to reduce your exposure:

  • Avoid using your electronic device or playing computer games in direct sunlight.
  • Consider getting a pair of quality blue light sunglasses that have UV built-in protection. 

What about protecting ourselves from artificial blue light?

  • Install an app on your phone or computer that filters out blue light. There are many different options available, so be sure to do your research and find one that best suits your needs.
  • Try to avoid using your computer or phone in the evening. This is one of the best ways to reduce harmful blue light exposure and get a good night's sleep.
  • Lastly, as we mentioned in the UV section above, one which we will unpack more of below, is to wear specifically designed blue light glasses when you are in front of a screen.

How do glasses protect against UV and blue light?

Some glasses are designed to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of blue light and UV radiation. They typically have tinted lenses with highly engineered filters that block out these types of light, preventing them from reaching your eyes.

They are specifically designed to filter out the harmful blue-violet light rays, the ones that are emitted from your screens as well as UV rays. To be technical, the light range from 380 to 450 nano meters (High energy blue light) will be strongly reduced and the range under 380 nm (UV) will be completely blocked. 

This can help to reduce eye fatigue, headaches, poor sleep - and all of the other nasty long term dangers we mentioned above.

Let's take a look at three Horus X glasses that are worth your while.

Nomad (clear lens)

Horus X casual glasses

With the Horus X Nomad range, you'll get eye protection at a very reasonable price. Plus, you'll look pretty darn good! These lightweight, comfortable and durable glasses are perfect for the everyday gamer and casual office worker.

With a pair of Nomad glasses, you'll receive 100% protection against blue light at 400nm and 100% UV protection. They are designed to be worn throughout the day, whether you are chilling with friends, at work, or at home. And of course, they are perfect for computers.

The features:

  • Casual 2.0 glasses, ideal for gamers, digital nomads, freelancers, computer work
  • Very light polycarbonate frame (20g)
  • Comfortable NosePad
  • Soft and thin temples with Soft Protect coating for optimal comfort
  • ANSI standard by an independent laboratory

The filtration details:

  • 100% of UV rays (A, B and C)
  • 100% of Blue Light [at 400nm]
  • 50% of harmful rays [380nm-450nm]
  • Anti-Reflection and glare and Anti-Scratch
  • Transparent filter

Gaming Revolution (orange tint)

Boasting the best filter on the market, the Horus X Gaming Revolution glasses offer the ultimate protection technology. While you'll also look good in these bad boys, they were designed to put an end to headaches, slumps, tired eyes and insomnia.

You'll be able to play at your best without having to worry about those frustrating headaches.

With a pair of Gaming Revolution glasses, you'll benefit from a unique design and ergonomics. They feature extraordinary thinness (a minuscule 0.8mm!) with signature metal alloy, and with adjustable silicone tips. The polycarbonate lenses are ultra light with soft materials.

The features:

  • Gaming Revolution Glasses
  • Lightweight metal and polycarbonate frame
  • Comfortable NosePad
  • Our thinnest temples for unparalleled comfort in a Gamer headset.
  • CE standard by an independent laboratory

The filtration details:

  • 100% of UV rays (A, B and C)
  • 100% of Blue Light [at 400nm].
  • 86% of the most harmful rays [380nm-450nm].
  • Anti-Reflection, glare and Anti-Scratch
  • Amber filter with attenuated color distortion

The Urban Sun

Meet the ultimate glasses for intense sun and screen protection, for all of us ultra connected cyborgs. This beast offers 100% protection against blue light at 400nm and +98% between 380 and 450nm. Perfect if you really must work in strongly sun exposed environments. 

They boast a streamlined frame for men and women, with light, modern curves for a great look. In terms of comfort, the team has been hard at work to equip The Urban Sun Sunglasses with the very best materials. Polycarbonate temples and lenses, are made from ultra light and soft materials.

The features:

  • Reinforced bluelight and UV sunglasses
  • Very light polycarbonate frame (27g)
  • Comfortable NosePad
  • Soft, thin earpieces for optimized comfort with a Gamer headset.
  • CE and ANSI standard by an independent laboratory

The filtration details:

  • 100% of UV rays (A, B and C)
  • 100% of Blue Light [at 400nm].
  • 98% of the most harmful rays [380nm-450nm] 
  • Anti-Reflection, glare and Anti-Scratch

There you have it, three of our most powerful UV protection glasses for your computer.

UV protection glasses for computer use |Final thoughts

Don't let headaches, eye strain, fatigue and bad sleep hold you back from dominating the party. With quality UV blue light blocking glasses, like the range from Horus X, you'll be setting yourself up for long term health and victory.

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