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It’s time you learn to hack your computer—this is the Digital Age after all. With more than two-thirds of Americans using computers at work, and children ages 8-18 spending an average of 7.5 hours a day on digital devices, our eyes are straining to adapt. Thankfully, there are four quick computer hacks that you can activate to ease potential eye pain.
- Just get Flux – F.lux is a free software you can install on any computer that reduces eye strain by adjusting your computer screen light to mimic the sun. By using your geographical location, the software will automatically adjust as the sun rises and sets, allowing your eyes to relax as well as reduce your exposure to blue light – a risk factor for the onset of age-related macular degeneration.
- There’s an app for that – If you use Google Chrome as your browser, you can download an add-on that reminds you to take a break every 20 minutes, that way you can better adhere to the 20-20-20 rule.
- Eye gymnastics – If you don’t want to download an application, or your computer restrictions won’t allow it, check out protectyourvision.org to start a timer that will remind you to rest your eyes every 20 minutes, and even has an eye gymnastics function to relax and rest your tired eyes.
- RemindMeAgain – If you have a Mac, you can download the RemindMeAgain app in the App Store, or if you have an Android based device you can download a different version from Google Play. The Mac version lives in the menu bar of your computer while the Android version allows you to create reminders via notifications or pop-up message. Both apps let you set multiple reminders for many things, including a reminder to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes, or to grab a new set of sunglasses when you’re out and about.