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How do you avoid eye strain while playing online chess? I wear glasses that filters UV light, take a 5-minute break every hour, play on a large screen monitor (23 inch with a refresh rate of 60 Hz), and use lubricant eye drops twice a day. But I also believe that one of the big factor is that I don't blink enough while playing chess. My eyes are most of the time wide open, in order to avoid blundering. I would really appreciate your feedback, advice, and experiences to avoid such kind of problems.

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    I think green/white chess boards are supposed to be easier to stare at ( chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/… ), but I don't know if that applies to online games. – Wezl Jul 29 at 15:13
  • Have you tried a blue light filter? – B.Swan Jul 29 at 16:39
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    you mean an application like flux, yes I also have it installed on my laptop to filter blue light (high frequency waves) – Guess601 Jul 29 at 16:57
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    @Acccumulation I usually play for like 2 hours. The time controls that I play usually are: 3+2, 5, 5+3, 10, 10+3, and 15+5 – Guess601 Jul 30 at 2:50
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    So if you're playing 10+3, I take it a single a game isn't taking 2 hours? So that means you're playing several games in a session, your sessions take 2 hours, and halfway through you take a five minute break? – Acccumulation Jul 30 at 5:17
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Windows 10 has a setting called "Night Light" in the display settings, and Mac has Night Shift which helps me with eye-strain by reducing blue-light that can cause eye-strain. You can also try the 20-20-20 technique instead of taking a 5 minute break every hour. My eye doctor suggested staring at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Probably hard to do when you're playing a lot of blitz games, but something to consider. Good luck.

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  • which one is better in your opinion: flux or Night Shift on Mac? – Guess601 Jul 29 at 18:02
  • @Guess601 I've never tested 1 to 1, I didn't install flux as it was already a feature in MacOS by the time I started using it. Flux makes it a bit easier to switch on and off, since it has it's own UI. – Jaron W Jul 29 at 19:09
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Using Eye Drops (fake tears) can be useful when exceeding recommended screen time.

What also helps me is taking frequent breaks every hour and drinking plenty of water.

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  • what's the recommended screen time per day? – Guess601 Jul 29 at 18:01
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The best way is to look away from the screen every 15 minutes. It reduces stress on your eyes and you can concentrate better when you return to the game.

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