Many of us are spending more time than ever before sitting at our computers, and this seemingly innocuous setting can be rife with danger. Eyestrain, repetitive motion injuries, and even blood clots can be the consequences of spending long uninterrupted periods sitting, typing, and mousing. EyeProtectorPro is a highly customizable program that can remind you to take a break from your screen at regular intervals. We think it's a great idea for anyone whose work involves a lot of computer time.
EyeProtectorPro has a simple setup wizard that helped us configure its options quickly. First, we entered the amount of time we wanted to work before taking a break; the program recommends 5 to 10 minutes. Next, we selected whether we wanted to take pauses and breaks, or only one or the other. Pauses are short breaks lasting 10 to 15 seconds in which users simply look away from their computer and do some in-chair stretching. Breaks are longer, from 8 to 10 minutes, and users are encouraged to get up and move around during these times. Although the program lists recommended durations for work time, pauses, and breaks, users can configure the lengths however they want. Users can also set the number of pauses that will occur between the longer breaks, and the program lets users choose whether they want to darken the screen during breaks and set an optional reminder to look away from the screen before a pause starts. During the pauses, the program will display a suggestion for a stretch or other movement to help reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries. The program also has a guide that shows correct typing, sitting, and mousing positions, as well as tips to set up your workspace in a healthy way. Overall, we liked EyeProtetectorPro quite a bit; it offers plenty of guidance but also lets users set up its features to meet their own needs. The attractive and professional interface makes it pleasant to look at, too.
EyeProtectorPro installs and uninstalls without issues.