EyeDefender is a neat little free application from Eterlab Software for non commercial use that reminds you to take breaks from staring at the monitor from time to time. It helps you avoid eyestrain and prevents Computer Vision Syndrome which symptoms are headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, dry, irritated eyes, fatigue and difficulty refocusing the eyes. You can set the interval between the pauses, it also includes eye exercises which by the way remind you to blink more often :) It is available for Windows only.

EyeDefender screenshot

EyeDefender screenshot

However if RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is your problem you may wanna take a look at WorkRave. Its also a freeware for Windows and Linux platforms that pops up and in a simmilar manner like EyeDefender after long hours on your PC and offers timed breaks. It will also suggest anti-RSI exercises to aviod neck pain, pain in the shoulders,   and prevent headaches, backaches and carpal tunnel. It is available for Windows and Linux platforms.

WorkRave screenshot

And the Mac users might wanna check out AntiRSI which is a very similar to the previous apps only by default you get 13 sec of mini pause on every 4 mins. If you don’t get your hands off the keyboard the timer restarts and it can’t countdown.

anti RSI mac application

anti RSI mac application screenshot