Just about everyone who runs a successful start up or small business spends a lot of time in front of their computer, tablet or phone. After a while, you might feel like your eyes are going a little bonkers. Eye strain from looking at a device too long is common, and it’s hard to avoid when you have a lot of work to do that requires a computer.
A couple of years ago we posted some tips for preventing computer eye strain. Those tips were focused around your environment and reducing exposure to the screen. There are also some apps and programs you can install that can help. Below are some of our favorites.
f.lux makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Depending on the time of day, it may gradually turn your display red, orange, blue or another color. The change is fairly gradual, so once you’ve used f.lux for a while you likely won’t even notice it. But by the end of the day you’ll likely feel less strained.
f.lux is free and available for Macs, Windows and Linux computers. You can download it at www.justgetflux.com. It’s also available for Android devices. It’s available for iOS devices too, but not through the app store. Click here to learn more about how to install it on an iOS device.
One of the best ways to combat eye strain is to take periodic breaks. Remembering to take a break can be difficult though. That’s where Time Out can help. Once installed, it will dim your screen and notify you to take a break when necessary.
Time Out comes with two kinds of breaks. A “Normal” break is for 10 minutes every hour so you can get up and move around. A “Micro” break is a short 15 second break every 15 minutes so you can move your eyes away from the screen and not tense up too much.
Windows users looking for similar functionality to Time Out can install EyeLeo. This free program lets you adjust the settings for your breaks. When it’s time for a break, a little mascot pops up on the screen to remind you. EyeLeo also includes a “Strict” mode, that doesn’t allow you to skip the break.
If you don’t want to use an app to help with your eye strain, there are glasses available that help to filter out the blue light emitted from screens.