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Last year I had a sport accident and since then my left eye is a little bit sensitive. Especially if looking in bright and shiny colors, I get tired very fast and can't literally focus on anything. White is the worst color ever!

Unfortunately most application that I use in my work environment (Firefox, Eclipse, Visual Studio, Tetris) have a very bright white background. This really hurts my eye. So is there an easy way to generally use color schemes on the laptop so that everything isn't that bright?

Obviously I could everywhere change the default color scheme, but isn't there a simpler solution to do that? Or any recommendations what are good color schemes to be less bright but still clearly readable?

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This might help a bit: stereopsis.com/flux –  Kramii Nov 11 '11 at 10:51
Get your employer to get you a monitor with a matte screen. –  maple_shaft Nov 11 '11 at 12:03
Pirate-style eye patch? –  Izkata Nov 11 '11 at 17:43
Also this color scheme ethanschoonover.com/solarized –  Rein Henrichs Nov 11 '11 at 18:36

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Changing the default colour scheme is a good way to get started. Another is to tweak your monitor's colour balance and brightness settings down a bit.
There's software out there that can change the colour temperature of your screen to a warmer tone, yielding a more amber/orange look to your screen that is less tiring (I can't recall the name of the product).
There are probably (I've never looked for them) also screens you can place or attach in front of your computer monitor to reduce glare. Seen them advertised in the past, never gave them much thought back then and haven't seen them lately.

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RedShift would be such a program. –  thorsten müller Nov 11 '11 at 10:54

You may want to try using F.lux. It allows you to change the color of your monitor to make it warmer by reducing the amount of blue light. Perhaps that would be easier on your eyes.


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If using a Mac, use the Universal Access panel in Settings. There's an option under the Seeing tab that lets you invert the display. Choose the 'white on black' setting instead of the normal 'black on white' setting. You can also turn on the 'use grayscale' checkbox to eliminate the color, or just choose a suitable background image.

Tip: your display will look a little more "normal" if you use an image editor to invert your usual background image. When the display is inverted with the 'white on black' setting, your background will be inverted back to its normal appearance.

Another option: Wear sunglasses or other tinted lenses. This has the benefit of working on everything in your environment, not just the screen. It's also completely cross-platform.

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