Beyond Blue Light: Why Technology is Killing Our Eyes
Daniel Georgiev is a Bulgarian programmer who created Iris, special software designed to protect our eyes from the harmful effects of increased screen time.
If you’re an OPP listener, you’re no stranger to blue light and it’s impact on our hormones and sleep. But our increased screen time is killing our eyes for more reasons than blue light.
In fact, Daniel says blue light is the least of concerns when it comes to overall eye health.
- the problem with blue blocking glasses and screens
- pulse waves from LED screens (flicker rate)
- optimal brightness
- why Kindle screens are “healthier”
- color inversion
- why glossy screens cause “double images”
- eye-friendly fonts
- blink detection and eye movement
- how taking more breaks with the 20-20-20 rule can help mitigate eye strain
- Daniel’s technology to help color blind people experience more color
Screen usage may be required, but there are ways to minimize it’s harmful effects and Daniel shares numerous helpful tips and explains how his $10 Iris software can help us “hack” our screen usage. (think f.lux but better)
Daniel’s Top 4 Tips to Hack Your Computer Screen:
1. Take more breaks. Use the 20-20-20 Rule. Every 20 minutes stand up for 20 seconds and look at something 20 feet away.
2. Avoid LED screens if possible or control Flicker Rate to reduce eye strain.
3. Matte screes are better than Glossy (think Kindles) because they have lower reflections and don’t produce double images which increase eye strain.
4. Use Eye-Friendly Fonts like Verdana or Arial