Ever had a headache, dry or red eyes, fatigue or neck pain at the end of the day? This app is for you then!

It's all the symptoms of computer vision syndrome (or CVS). About 90% of computer workers have it.

If you're focusing on a computer screen for too long, your eyes don't recover from the strain, and it causes a bunch of problems.

Breaks For Eyes helps you overcome all the symptoms with a 20-20-20 rule, which is a medically proven way to knockdown eye strain & computer vision syndrome!

The app reminds you to take a 20-second break every 20 minutes & look at something 20 ft (6 m) away.

You can disable break reminders for some time (30 min, 1h, 2h, 4h, a day) if you're in a meeting or watching a movie. Click the button in the menu bar to do so.

Take care of your eyes!

You can use it for free for 3 days, then it's 9.99$ one-time (or an equivalent amount in your local currency).

What’s New

Version 2.0.0

Breaks for Eyes 2 is here! A bunch of whole new things together with major improvements will bring your eye-care to a totally different level.

== A gorgeous new icon ==

We worked with the great @darranmorris to make a new sparkling icon for Breaks for Eyes, now it has one more way to please your eyes!

== Notification-only breaks ==

Blocked out screen can be annoying sometimes. Say, if you're holding a keynote or are deeply concentrated on a coding task? We introduce all-new type of breaks to solve this. Whenever a break is due, you'll see an unobtrusive push notification for exactly 20 seconds, the duration of a normal break. No blocked screen, no interruped workflow. Clean and simple.

We've also implemented a bunch of smaller improvements:

* Disable the "Get back to work" screen.
* If you're fine with it, dismiss it faster by just pressing Spacebar now.
* All-new look for Preferences. Made beautifully with macOS human interface guidelines in mind.
* Quit the app from the menu bar. No need to open Preferences for this anymore.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

mkenhan ,


Turns out taking regular breaks really does help prevent my eyestrain -- who knew?! I had tried to use a different program for this purpose but always ended up skipping the break. I'm able to set up Breaks for Eyes differently -- I choose to have it just suddenly blank out the screen (no warning), so my resistance is already overcome. I find it's actually a nice way to pause and consider what I'll write next. And the little reward after the break (praise and sometimes a picture) really work to keep me motivated! I am recommending this to family and colleagues.

gwa-rowyn ,

A Must Have

It is often easy to forget to take care of yourself. It doesn't give you an option, it takes the wheel from you. You can't make a poor decision if you take that decision off of the table.

It also present articles from doctors discussing eye fatigue and shows examples of near sightedness. Both are friendly reminders of the importance of giving your eyes a break.

Jessica Gulish ,

Eyes and body!

Working from home I have found I don't move once at my desk so not only has this app helped me change my view to help my eyes but I usually get up to stretch, walk or get some water. It's super easy to pause or skip if you have meetings. The only thing and maybe I just don't know it is I wish there was a keyboard shortcut to get back to your screen after a break.

App Privacy

The developer, Alex Greene, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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