App Aims To Prevent Eye Strain From Staring At Computer Screens

April 1, 2019

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Our technology has made a lot of things easier but there has been a cost and it involves our eyes. For business, pleasure or both, we spend anywhere from 6 to 12 hours a day staring at a computer screen. All this time is bad for our eyes.  So it may be worth you downloading a free web app called Pomy.  Many optometrists suggest we employ the 20-20-20 rule, which is for every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. However very few of us actually do that, which is where Pomy can help.  It's a desktop widget-style app designed to prevent eye strain by reminding you to take a break. Specifically, it suggests you spend 20 minutes focusing on your work, followed by 20 seconds relaxing your eyes by looking at distant objects. To ensure you are not cheating, Pomy actually blacks out your screen so that you have no choice but to stare at something else, preferably 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. However the app does have an override feature if you are behind a project deadline.  While taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes might get annoying sometimes, risking permanent damage to your eyes by not taking a break should grab your attention.  The free app works for Apple and PC (Microsoft) machines.

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SOURCE: Lifehacker

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