Monday, March 26, 2012

How to reduce eye strain from computers with the 20-20-20 rule

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Most of us spend long hours in front of the computer which can actually cause a lot of strain to your eyes. With the more gadgets appearing on the market the problem only gets worse. People keep staring into their Android and iPhones and tablets. It is important to remember that your eyes need a break. Constantly staring at a screen can dry your eyes and even cause soreness. To help with this problem Tech blogger Amit Agarwal visited his doctor and got this bit of advice. It is called the 20-20-20 rule and there are also now many apps available to help you follow the same 

How does the 20-20-20 rule work

A computer user must remember to take a break every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and looks at objects that are 20 feet away.

Now once your sit in front of your PC it becomes difficult to remember to do this, there are Apps however that will remind you about your 20 minute break.

Coffee Break for MAC

This little App will allow you to schedule your breaks and once your break time arrives it will simply dim your screen for the duration of the break. This way you are forced to take your break, walk around and do a little bit of stretching. You can set up to five breaks during the course of the day.
Coffee Break for MAC

EyeLeo for Windows

If you are a windows users there is now a new app for you and works like Coffee Break for MAC. There are a few differences though. You can schedule short breaks of=r long breaks. Once your break time arrives your computer screen will dim and you can then stretch and walk around a little. To keep your eyes away from the screen. The App can also in addition to dimming your screen also lock it so your not tempter to skip a break. 
EyeLeo for Windows

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