Do you remember the picture I showed to present my home office? If you don’t or if you haven’t seen it yet, check out this post.
As I mentioned before, there is at least one known eye-related drawback in the room in the picture: the curtain is missing and natural light can be a major issue. There is no direct sunlight in this room, but lightness can be as tricky as the sunlight itself. You might lose the ability to see your whole screen, specially the LED/LCD ones, without much effort.
And why is this so important?
That is because you won’t feel comfortable. I have to squeeze my eyes now and then to see what is on the screen and this squeezing will eventually impair my eyes . Moreover, all girls will have to agree with me that this brings terrible wrinkles and expression lines…
But there are also some nice things I’ve done to make my eyes feel better at any time, not only after working for many hours.
The first of them is that I had to find a way to put the notebook at a proper height. This is good not only for the eyes, but also for the neck and backbone. So, I put it sitting on a cooling base.
The greatest feature of the cooling base is that I can choose from 3 options of inclination and that it prevents the notebook from excessive heating and related issues.
I also use a tool named F.lux. It changes the display brightness so it gets similar to the light in the room. At 6 PM (always based on the time zone you can set), my display gets darker and pinkish. It may get you confused at first, but it is easy to get used to it.
I just had to install it once and never had to worry about it again.
You can download this app here.
According to the description in the developer’s website:
[…] it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
[…] f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.
The other day I also got to know another interesting app which has an interesting purpose. Kelli Semolini mentioned Eye Defender in this post.
It simply blocks your screen for a giving period at regular intervals, forcing you to look at your surroundings, standing up, moving yourself etc. You can download and find out more about it here.
Another thing you can do – and this requires some investment – is using bigger and multiple screens. Imagine you can browse trhough a 24-inches-screen, zoom in documents and do whatever you want with much more space to scroll, navigate, etc. Now imagine you can do all that (plus comparing documents side by side, opening several programs and other stuff) using two screens at the same time. Doesn’t it sound like paradise?