Reduce Eye Strain

Windows

Night Light

Windows 10 offers a Night Light feature, which reduces blue light based on when the sun sets in your area. Night Light is accessed through the Display category in the Settings menu. You can change the strength of the blue filter with a slider or switch between automatic and custom schedules for when to turn Night Light on and off.

f.lux

f.lux offers the same capabilities as Night Light, but it can be used with earlier versions of Windows. f.lux also offers different schedules with varying strengths at different times of day and even different screen colors. These different colors can work as screen overlays, which can assist with dyslexia

Ease of Access on Windows

To change the color setting on your computer:

  • Search for “Color Settings” in Windows search box
  • Go to “default windows mode”
  • Click Dark
  • Go to “default app mode”
  • Click Dark

To change the color filters on your computer:

  • Search “Ease of access color filters” in Windows search box
  • Toggle “Turn on color filters” to On
  • Then choose Inverted, Grayscale, Grayscale Inverted or any of the color blindness filters at the bottom
  • This allow screens in Canvas, Google, Outlook word to be reversed to help with eyestrain.

Mac/iOS

Night Shift

Apple offers Night Shift for both Macintosh computers and iOS devices. The functionality is identical to Night Light in Windows 10, with an intensity slider and automatic and manual schedules.

To access Night Shift from your Mac computer, visit the Displays section in the System Preferences and navigate to the Night Shift tab. To turn on Night Shift from your iOS device, either access the Brightness control from the Control Center or go to Settings > Display and Brightness > Night Shift.

Enable Accessibility Features

  • Go to System Preferences (click on the Apple icon at the top left of your screen)
  • Click Accessibility
  • Click Display
  • Click Invert colors or use Grayscale
  • This allows screen in Canvas, Google, Outlook to be reversed to help with eyestrain.

Bee Line Reader

BeeLine Reader uses an eye-guiding color gradient — to pull your eyes from one line to the next.  Currently free for students and teachers (Spring 2020).

Android

Night Mode

Most Android devices offer a night mode which reduces blue light. However, it is only readily available on newer devices. For devices running Android Oreo or above, select Night Light from the Display settings in the Settings menu. To access Night Light in phones running Android 7.0 or older versions, follow the steps in this guide.

Chrome

Color Overlay

Color Overlay adds a tint to any webpage. Color Overlay is off by default, and you must enable it by selecting the Color Overlay icon near the search bar and switching it on. From there, you can change the color and opacity of the overlay or select one of the six boxes underneath to save a preset overlay.

Eye Care

While eyeCare does not directly change the appearance of your Chrome, it offers reminders over a set period to take a break. This period can be set between 0 (no reminders) and 60 minutes in 5-minute intervals. You can also configure eyeCare to display a notification, show a page containing eye and lower back exercises to display, or flash the eyeCare icon five times for each reminder.

Bee Line Reader

BeeLine Reader uses an eye-guiding color gradient — to pull your eyes from one line to the next.  Currently free for students and teachers (Spring 2020).