Internet has revolutionized our lives. It has changed the way we work, communicate and access information. But as we spend ever more time in front of shining computer and phone screens, our eyes pay the price. We are plagued with near-vision, eye strain and other problems. Allow me to introduce two tools, that can help in relieving the computer eye strain.
Eye excercizes with SafeEyes
We typically watch screens from very close distances, trying to read the tiny letters. That is the biggest culprit behind computer eye strain, because our eyes have simply not evolved for that. So, a collection of techniques called eye yoga were developed to battle eye fatigue. But as with anything, it is easy to forget about them, while you are concentrating on other stuff. Fear naught, SafeEyes comes to save the day. It’s a simple app, that sits in the taskbar and every once in a while reminds you to take a break, suggesting an eye yoga exercise. Kind of like EyeLeo for Mac. It is intelligent enough not to pop up while you are watching a movie. And you can skip a break, if you need to, so it is fairly unobtrusive.
Filter out blue light with Redshift
The other application I would like to talk about is Redshift. It shifts the hue of your screen towards the red part of the spectrum, based on the time of the day and your location. Why would you want to do that? See, our bodies follow the circadian rhythm. When the sun is up, we are energized. When it goes down, we get sleepy. Turns out the blue light emitting from our screens inhibits the production of melatonin, disrupting our sleep. We fall asleep later, have lower sleep quality and cannot get up in the morning. So use Redshift today and see the difference tomorrow. And don’t worry, your eyes will adjust to the red tint, so you won’t feel like you are watching Blood Rage.
While these two apps can reduce the negative effects of too much screen time, it should go without saying, that to really protect your vision, their use has to go hand in hand with a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Also, check out how to automatically turn off LEDs on Raspberry Pi, for that undisrupted sleep experience.