In todays the world has become so digital and getting so advanced in any of the field whether it is electronics, gadgets, etc.
Computer eye strain is an unfortunately common part of 21st-century life that can do long-term damage to your vision, not to mention causing sore eyes and headaches in the short term. A workaholic it means who compulsively works hard and long hours. Who has a keyboard at your fingertips 24 X 7. Or you could be one of those smartphone users. But as fun and convenient as this lifestyle is it’s not worth losing your eyesight over.
Doctors often recommend taking breaks from looking at your screen to prevent eye strain, but not everyone is so good at sticking to schedules on their own. Here is five free web or mobile apps to help keep your eyes healthy and pain-free!
Eye Care (Chrome app)
If you like your apps connected to your browser for a little extra convenience, eye Care is a Chrome extension to help remind you to take those eye-resting breaks. Like Protect Your Vision, this app recommends the 20-20-20 plan, but you can of course customize your schedule. Regularly a schedule break for your eyes is the most frequently recommended method for preventing eye strain. The extension also gives you instructions for eye exercises. It’s a one-click install, and it has a 4.5/5 star review by users.
Awareness ( Windows, Mac)
Awareness is a free app for Windows and Mac Operating System that gets you to take regular breaks without getting in the way. It is super inconspicuous as far as these apps go; it sits on your menu bar while you go about your business, quietly counting the minutes until your next small break.
You set the time limit for chunks of uninterrupted work yourself, as well as how long your breaks are. Once you’ve been at the computer for your set of minutes, Awareness plays the steady tone of a Tibetan singing bowl to let you know it’s time for a break. And it actually makes sure you take that break by monitoring your app/browser usage for those minutes, but doesn’t lock you out. This is probably the simplest, easiest app to use if you are looking for break reminders that get you to actually do them without being intrusive.
Maybe it’ll motivate you to get off and spend time in the real world for half an hour or so. If this sounds good, then you can download it to your Mac computer.
F.lux (Mac, Windows, Linux, and iPhone)
You can download this app to your PC, Mac, Linux, or iPhone. There’s a preview/root-only version for Android, which is getting a lot of flack about irregularity of equipment.
The key to reducing eye strain is to eliminate blue light from your digital screen. Unless you purchase a physical screen or glasses, you’re going to need an app like f.lux to color it for you.
What’s great about f.lux is that you don’t have to do much to the settings. Just set it to Recommended Colors, type in your zip code and it will take care of the rest. It uses your location to determine the time of day and brightness so it can adjust the settings for you. The app will tint your screen darker and darker as the sun sets and nears your bedtime. But don’t worry, you can still see – it’s a yellowish-orange tint. You can select your wake up time, so it’ll tint the screen appropriately so that your brain isn’t affected by the blue light.
When your eyes see blue light, your mind thinks it’s daytime. So using digital devices before bed can interrupt your circadian cycle and prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
F.lux also comes with other settings you can tweak yourself. For instance, you can choose to darken the screen earlier in the day. There are also additional burners you can choose based on your goals.
For example, you can choose between any of the following to reduce eye strain:
- Reduce eyestrain.
- Classic f.lux.
- Working late..
- Color fidelity.
- Far from the equator.
- Cave painting.
Play around with the settings to see what works best for you.
Another upside is that it automatically detects when you are using apps that require blue light, such as YouTube.
Maybe you’re not that disciplined and need something that can “make” you take a break. If so, Time Out is the app for you. It is only available for Mac users and it does an excellent job of disrupting your digital sessions.
Some people may not like this, so be sure it’s not turned on when you know you need hours of focus in one block.
So how does it operate? When you activate it, it allows you to work in blocks of 50 minutes. Then once you hit the 50-minute mark, your screen is blocked for 10 minutes. A screen shows up with the app logo and a timer countdown. These mini-breaks can help ensure your eyes get proper rest.
There’s also the option to do micro-breaks, where the screen is blocked for 10 seconds every 10 minutes. But this may be a bit much for some.
Then it gives you reminders to correct your posture and relax your muscles.
Of course, you can disable the app at anytime (even when your screen is blocked for a time out). There are also customization features you can use to choose which apps disable Time Out so you can view them without interruption.
If you are an Android user, then you can download Twilight to your device. This is getting impressive reviews and is similar to f.lux App. Its design also works to keep your circadian cycle efficient and quality of sleep existent.
It uses your location to look up sunrise and sunset times to determine when to color your screen. Also, you can disable it when you are using apps like Net-flix or YouTube that require good lighting to enjoy.
It comes with settings you can manipulate, such as color temperature, intensity, and screen dim. Then you can decide when you want the filter to turn on – days, time, and custom options are available. Plus, you can create schedule that automatically turn on at your specified time, such as for bedtime reading, working late, and so on.
There is also another option to pause or stop it.
No one’s ready to go cold turkey with their digital devices. So the next best thing is to find ways to reduce eye strain. With these apps, you can ensure you’re giving your eyes the break they need while you work, watch videos, and play games.