Most of us take our eyesight for granted and like me, I bet you don’t even know about your accessibility features on your iPad, tablet, laptop or desk top computer.
After recent eye surgery recovery I was reminded by my Apple Canada contact Tara Hendela to check out the iPad’s accessibility features. I’m glad I did, and I must say the experience was much easier on my eyes.
But now that I am pretty much healed, I am a new fan of accessibility features on any device. Why? Because after spending hours reading on a screen, as I do, it is relieving to look at a less bright and contrasty screen.
The iPad for example, has several accessibility options (unlike most competitors) for your eyes and ease of use. It easily reverses the screen, like a negative so what was light is now dark. Black text now shows as white on a dark background. The only drawback is that pictures are also reversed. Spend a few minutes on this setting and switch back to normal…you will wonder how you have been putting up with so much white light all this time. But even changing your desktop to a darker colour is less eye-straining.
The iPad normal home screen on the left and the reverse contrast on the right.
The iPad also lets you set up adjustable screen magnification which lets you magnify your screen and or move around by tapping and moving three fingers onscreen.
Try this on all your devices including smart phones. BlackBerries for example, let you use a reverse contrast too as well as a grey scale for screen display. If you are in bed at night reading up in a dark room, the grey scale is much easier on your eyes.
If your cellphone doesn’t have this mode, try changing your desktop to a darker colour and make sure your screen brightness is on auto or manually cut down its brightness when in a dark room.
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