No battery-draining apps or installs necessary... just a free browser-based reminder to help relieve computer eye strain.
Most computer users at one point will complain of eye strain. In fact with so many using computers in their occupations it is now a recognised complaint. Not only can looking at a computer monitor cause eye strain, it can exacerbate any underlying problems you may have with your eyes. Thankfully, eye strain associated with computer use is rarely serious and symptoms disappear with adequate rest. If however, you need to spend long durations in front of a screen (in work for instance) then taking regular breaks can help.
This site was developed by a sufferer of eye strain as a simple but effective way to relieve the symptoms using the 20-20-20 rule:
Every 20 minutes take a screen-break.
Look at something at least 20 feet away.
Keep looking for at least 20 secs
You can read more about the 20-20-20 rule here, and how you can take it a step further to help reduce eye strain even more!
Simply click the 'Start Reminder' button above to begin a 20 minute countdown. It's best to enable web notifications if you haven't already (you can do that by refreshing the page and allowing them), this will provide a subtle notification in the bottom of your screen once the time is up. If you have sound enabled, it will also play a subtle notification sound.
Unlike other reminders, you don't have to install any software, plugins or applications. Our countdown is entirely browser-based, so you just need to leave your browser tab open.
When you hear the audio notification and/or the browser notification, visit the Eye Breaks site tab on your browser (which will also be animated to get your attention) and click 'Take a Break'. This will trigger a 20 second countdown, during which you should try to follow the 20-20-20 rule, or if possible the recommended 20-200-20 rule.
After your 20 second break has completed, you will hear a subtle notification sound and the 20 minute break countdown will reset and resume. You then carry on using your computer until the next 20 minute countdown has completed. Simple, yet hugely effective!
Taking regular breaks from your screen is hugely important in helping to reduce the strain on your eyes, but there are a number of other ways that can help too...