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Optimal Performance

Aug 21, 2017

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.

We cover:

  • 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)

On the blog: get Daniel's Top 4 Tips to Hack Your Computer Screen:

1. Use the 20-20-20 Rule
2. Avoid LEDs or Control Flicker Rate
3. Matte > Gloss
4. Use Eye-Friendly Fonts