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Eyes always hurting after looking at a screen? This will help ease the pain

Especially for those who spend long periods working on their computer.

IT’S PROBABLY SAFE to assume that many of us look at a screen for prolonged periods every day.

Whether it’s because of work or you’re just passing the time, the glare of a screen can be quite harsh on your eyes, especially if you’re looking at it during the night-time.

You could reduce your monitor’s brightness, which helps to a degree, but that’s not much good if you can’t see what’s happening on screen.

F.lux is a simple programme which instead of adjusting the brightness, it adjusts the colour temperature of your display. By replacing the blue glow with an orange tint – how strong the tint is depends on your settings – it’s can help reduce eye strain.

F.lux notice screen Source: F.lux/Windows

It’s also very easy to set up. Once you put in your location, it will automatically set it so it will be a certain tint during the day and during the night. You can change this anytime you want in case you feel the change isn’t enough to give your eyes a rest.

Flux adjustments Source: F.lux/Windows

The best part is you won’t even realise it’s there until you revert back to traditional settings, or if the temperature changes drastically during night-time.

It won’t change your life, and if colour plays a mayor part in what you do, you may find the temperature change annoying, but if you spend much of your time working on a computer, it’s worth giving it a try to see if it helps.

(F.lux for Windows, Mac and Linux)

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Quinton O'Reilly

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