Best Free Tools To Ease Computer Eye Strain

Working long hours in front of the laptop have a lot of side effects. But most concerning is eye strain. Computer screens are bright and staring at them without blinking results to dryness and redness of the eyes, blurred vision, and migraines. Desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile phone screens emit blue light, which disrupts sleeping patterns.

According to a study, eye strain affects some 90% of people who spend at least 3 hours a day in front of the computer.

One way to ease eye strain is to follow is the 20-20 rule. This means that every 20 minutes, look at an object around 20 feet away, and stare at it for 20 seconds. This way you're giving your eyes a break. But this is difficult to apply in real life. Like me for example, when I'm focused on work I tend to forget a lot of things. There was even a time I wasn't aware my neighbor's house next door was on fire, haha.

To remedy this, use software and web apps. F.lux is desktop software that adjusts the color of the screen to negate the side effects of blue light. It activates in the evening and gradually turns the screen color to a tinge of orange by nighttime.

Awareness is a non-intrusive break reminder desktop program, it sounds off a Tibetan singing bowl when it's time for a break. Then it stops. Until the next break, haha. It fills a niche for those who need a gentle reminder and yet still be able to continue work. Ideal for ones who don't want to break concentration especially during an “aha” moment. EyeLeo reminds you to rest your eyes by taking a short or long break. It has several excellent features, one the eye exercises. It also has a strict mode that prevents you from skipping breaks. A must-have feature for workaholics like me, haha. EyePro is of a similar mold, but with more extra features.

You can get more Windows 10 options here.

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