20 September 2019
Today sees the release of Apple’s new operating system IOS 13. One of the headline features is a dark mode setting, described as a beautiful colour scheme for night use. It is also said it may make it easier on your eyes, and many people may already have a similar setting on their existing phone. But can it prevent eye strain?
Many people worry that using a screen can tire or harm their eyes. The good news is that there is no evidence that screen use causes harm or damage to your eyes, however many people are effected by eye strain.
Night mode may be useful by reducing the overall screen brightness and improving screen contrast, but there is little published evidence available to say whether it is effective at reducing eyestrain.
If you use a device at night, using a dark mode or night shift features maybe helpful, but the College has some additional advice: