It is not very healthy to work for hours starring on a computer monitor without taking breaks. Eye Defender was designed to prevent the Computer Vision Syndrome which can have all kinds of ill effects on the human body including eyestrain, blurred vision, delayed focusing, headaches, back and neck aches, dry and burning eyes, light sensitivity, distorted color vision, forehead heaviness, and sore eyes.
That is quite a few symptoms and better to be avoided. Eye Defender helps by reminding the user to take regular computer breaks. The software sits quietly in the system task for most of the time but becomes active every 45 minutes by default.
It's up to the user on how he is reminded of the break, he has four choices that are offered by the program: Display a picture, run the screensaver, display a popup reminder or run the visual training that relaxes the eyes.
The break interval can be changed between 1 to 999 minutes but the default values are 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 minutes and it is recommended to choose one of them. The break duration can be defined as well.
Once installed, EyeDefender sits in the system tray and displays the time left until the next break. When the time for a break comes, the program does one of the following:
Displays pictures in a predefined folder;
Runs the visual training to relax the eyes;
Runs a default screensaver;
Displays a popup timed reminder in the system tray.
EyeDefender can also help you prevent other problems related to computer use, which require a computer user to take short breaks. These problems include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) or Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS), also known in the USA as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and in Europe - Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD).
The most interesting break reminder is the visual training that displays various symbols and figures on the screen to relax the eyes.
Eye Defender runs on most Microsoft operating systems from Windows 98 to Windows XP and Windows Vista.
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