Are you a person who spends a lot of time in front of the computer screens? If it’s so, then Eyestrain would be a problem you are experiencing or may experience. It is commonly termed as Computer Vision Syndrome(CVS) which also includes headaches, blurred vision, back and neck aches, dry and burning eyes and sore eyes.Today, we will see some of the software’s that can help you counter CVS, mainly eyestrains, effectively.
As always, precaution is better than cure. So even teens who dream of working with computers can start using some of these software’s.
1. EyeDefender (Free)
EyeDefender is a software which prompts the user to take short breaks while working for long hours together. It allows you to set the break time during which is shows various screens to ease the strain on eyes.
It runs a visual practice to relax the eyes and also plays a slideshow of pictures with specific color tones. The software can be set to remind the user at intervals to have breaks and also shows screensaver to reduce the stress.
Among these modes, the visual training mode is the best to have because it makes the eyes blink and move around so that it reduces the burning effect on eyes.
EyeDefender is available for free but sadly it supports Windows PC’s only.
2. F.lux (Free)
F.lux is an innovative project that takes advantage of the colors. It is made with the idea that the computer screens need not be bright all the time of the day. F.lux automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen according to the time zone specified and adds the color filter of your choice. You are advised to choose the filter based on the room lighting.
This is a handy application for all-time workers who use the computer system at different times. For example, if you turn on the PC at around 11:30PM, F.lux automatically decreased the color and brightness of the screen according to the time.
F.lux supports Windows, Mac, Linux and also is available for iPhones and iPads.
UPDATE: Android User? Flux is now available for beta in Android. The preview version is available through Google Play, that can be downloaded and installed on rooted mobile phones(for now).
3. Browser Extensions
Lot of time, we spent on the internet. And moreover most of the websites are white in color. There comes a need for browser-based extensions to secure your eye’s health.
Gimme a Break! for a beautifully crafted extension which lets you take 5 minutes of break for every 25 minutes, by default. If you are a Firefox user, you can use Screen Dimmer to reduce the brightness, but it has to be activated by the user.
Moreover, since the browsers are cross-platform, they can work on every operating system.
4. Twilight (Android – Free & Paid are available)
Twilight is another app that is an outcome of research on sleeping deficiencies in kids. It screens out the blue light based on the time of the day. The app is said to do brilliance in AMOLED displays. But it does a decent job in other kinds of displays too.
Suggestions are welcome.