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Ditch Computer Eye Strain With These 8 Free Apps

Ditch Computer Eye Strain With These 8 Free Apps
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Computer eye strain is an unfortunately common part of 21st-century life that can do long-term damage to your vision, not to mention causing sore eyes and headaches in the short term. Recent studies have shown the bluish glow of our screens also reduces the body’s melatonin levels that we need to naturally sleep, causing people to stay up later and have more difficulty falling asleep when they do go to bed.

Doctors often recommend taking breaks from looking at your screen to prevent eye strain, but not everyone is so good at sticking to schedules on their own. Here are eight free web or mobile apps to help keep your eyes healthy and pain-free!

1. Awareness (Mac, Windows)

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    image source: Cult of Mac

    Awareness is a free app for Mac and Windows that gets you to take regular breaks without getting in the way. It’s super inconspicuous as far as these apps go; it sits on your menu bar while you go about your business, quietly counting the minutes until your next small break. You set the time limit for chunks of uninterrupted work yourself, as well as how long your breaks are. Once you’ve been at the computer for your set amount of minutes, Awareness plays the steady tone of a Tibetan singing bowl to let you know it’s time for a break. And it actually makes sure you take that break by monitoring your app/browser usage for those minutes, but doesn’t lock you out. This is probably the simplest, easiest app to use if you’re looking for break reminders that get you to actually do them without being intrusive.

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    2. F.lux (Mac, Windows, Linux, and iPhone)

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      I installed this app a couple years ago on my laptop and have used it ever since. F.lux adjusts the glow of your monitor based on the time of day; not just brightness, but tint as well. Without that glaring blue glow, I actually have to go to sleep at a reasonable hour because I get sleepy. Which, ya know, is supposed to happen! F.lux has an incredibly detailed list of research on this issue here. It’s an easy install and it runs on a bunch of operating systems. This is probably my #1 recommendation from this list.

      3. ProtectYourVision (Chrome, Firefox, Safari app)

        One of the most popular apps out there is ProtectYourVision. You can customize its break plan, though the default “20-20-20” plan is a commonly used technique with many supporters. ProtectYourVision beeps when it’s time for your break, and temporarily blacks out your screen for those few minutes. So, it’s a little disruptive in that way, but you can choose not to take a break when prompted, meaning the screen won’t black out until you say you’re on your break. If you really need to, you can override the break-time blackout as well. Plus, the app gives you suggestions for eye exercises to do during your break, and it has an adorable robot mascot.

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        4. Twilight (Android)

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          Since F.lux has a version for iOS but not Android, I found this app that has largely positive reviews from its users. Twilight also operates based on research done on the effects of blue-tinted light on the circadian rhythm and overall quality of sleep. The developers also cited special interest in research showing people who used a tablet or smartphone for a couple hours before bed fell asleep about an hour later than those who did not. So if you have a mobile device that runs on Android and want to employ this technology to protect your eyes and stop having trouble getting properly sleepy, get Twilight.

          5. Time Out (Mac)

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            Time Out is exclusive to Mac and is a good app for those who aren’t sure how to space out their breaks. It gives you a set break plan that involves 50 minute chunks of working with 10 minute breaks, as well as “micro” breaks throughout your work time, 10 seconds every 10 minutes. (They can still be customized, however.) The micro breaks are helpful for those who find themselves unintentionally tensing up as they work, giving you a brief but consistent reminder to relax your muscles and adjust your posture. If you only want one kind of break, you can disable either of them. The breaks will fade your screen to let you know it’s time, and then fade back in when the break is over.

            6. eyeCare (Chrome app)

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              If you like your apps connected to your browser for a little extra convenience, eyeCare is a Chrome extension to help remind you to take those eye-resting breaks. Like ProtectYourVision, this app recommends the 20-20-20 plan, but you can of course customize your schedule. Regularly schedule breaks for your eyes is the most frequently recommended method for preventing eye strain. The extension also gives you instructions for eye exercises. It’s a one-click install, and it has a 4.5/5 star review by users.

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              7. Nocturne (Mac)

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                This is another Mac-only app with a unique approach. Nocturne is an older display-altering app to reduce eye strain, but it does so by giving you options to change your display via using a monochrome scheme as pictured above, inverting colors, disabling shadow effects, and adjusting tints. You can adjust screen brightness as well. Again, it’s a somewhat dated app, but it is free and offers a unique approach to reducing eye strain at night.

                8. Eye Pro (Windows)

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                  Eye Pro is a Windows app that seeks to reduce eye strain but also focuses on keeping your eyes properly moisturized. Not satisfied with only preventing eye strain, the developers designed the app to get you to blink more while at the computer. Research shows that our blink rate tends to decrease significantly when we use a computer. Eye Pro displays occasional notices encouraging you to rest your eyes and blink to restore natural moisture. There are short and long breaks, which you can skip if you need to, and plenty of tips for eye exercises and overall protection.

                  Featured photo credit: working in the dark/George Whitaker via flic.kr

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                  Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                  Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                  By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                  Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                  83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                    84 write random letter

                      85 use a rubberband

                        86 dorm smell bad

                          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                            89 how to waterproof your shoes

                              90 take a picture of the name card

                                91 iron inside out

                                  92 old newspaper

                                    93 tumble try shoes

                                      keep a card like this

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                                          94 soap bar

                                            95 make a hole

                                              96 drop the battery

                                                97 use a coozie

                                                  98 when taking a picture

                                                    use a clean dust pan

                                                      try a pants hanger

                                                        use your cellphone light

                                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                              user binder clips

                                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                              38

                                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                      50

                                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                  58

                                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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