2 Years back we wrote about workrave, Recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Am still using this software and this is a cool software
The 20 - 20 - 20 rule says that after every 20 minutes a computer user need to look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Now here comes two free software that will reduce the eye strain and remind you to take a rest.
EyeDefender is a freeware rest reminder designed to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) resulting from working on a computer for hours. CVS symptoms include eyestrain, blurred vision, delayed focusing, headaches, back and neck aches, dry and burning eyes, light sensitivity, distorted color vision, forehead heaviness, and sore eyes.
EyeDefender can also help you prevent other problems related to computer use, which require a computer user to take short breaks. These problems include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) or Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS), also known in the USA as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and in Europe - Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD).
Control the level of eye strain in the system tray
Set up the time period for a popup reminder
Set up how much time you want to rest
Enter the rest mode instantly
Reset the counter
Stop the counter when you do not want to be interrupted
Set the counter to stop automatically after some time of inactivity
Four rest modes: slideshow, visual training, screensaver launch, or popup tray reminder
Auto-run EyeDefender on Windows start
2. Eyes Relax
Eyes Relax is a tool that reminds you about taking those breaks. It a very flexible utility, which allows you to specify two independent (short and long) work periods, the length of the breaks, break types, notification sounds and many other settings.
Eyes Relax also offers parenting features. Parents can set passwords and force the user to take breaks.
It’s an utility that helps avoiding eyes-related problems when working at a computer for several hours. Concentrating your eyesight on a computer screen can cause an eye strain. You can prevent this by taking regular breaks during the work and look at distant objects.