Oct 25, 2016

SafeEyes Protects You From Eye Strain When Working On The Computer

SafeEyes is an application that tries to protect your eyes from eye strain (asthenopia) by reminding you to take breaks while you're working long hours at the computer. It was created as a free and open source Linux alternative for EyeLeo, a Windows-only app.


SafeEyes is an AppIndicator / tray app, and from its menu you can enable or disable it and access its settings.

Besides reminding you to take brakes regularly, SafeEyes also provides simple exercises:



The brakes can include a skip button, or can be set to be strict, removing "skip" button and thus, forcing you to take a break.

The application includes both short and long breaks, each with configurable duration. You can also configure the interval between breaks and the time to prepare for break - when a break is about to start, a notification is displayed.

Furthermore, rhe skip button text can be changed by editing the ~/.config/safeeyes/safeeyes.json file, while the break screen can be modified by editing the ~/.config/safeeyes/style/safeeyes_style.css file. These files are created after running SafeEyes once. 

SafeEyes features:
  • short breaks with eye exercises;
  • long breaks to change physical position and to warm up;
  • optional stict break that removes the skip button;
  • highly customizable
  • do not disturb when working with fullscreen applications (e.g. watching movies);
  • disable the keyboard during break;
  • notifications before every break;
  • multi-workspace support.

Install SafeEyes in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

Note: the SafeEyes PPA provides packages for Ubuntu 16.10, however, the application didn't work in my test under Yakkety - but reported HERE.

SafeEyes can be installed in Ubuntu 16.04 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 18 or 17.x, by using its official PPA. To add the PPA and install the application, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:slgobinath/safeeyes
sudo apt update
sudo apt install safeeyes
Alternatively, if you don't want to add the PPA, you can download the deb from HERE.

Arch Linux users can install SafeEyes via AUR.

The application is automatically added to startup after you start it once from the menu / Dash.

To download the source code, report bugs, etc., see the SafeEyes GitHub page.

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