Bright screens and flashing images can cause trouble for people who suffer from epilepsy, especially if they are not warned about them beforehand and do not take the required precautions.
To work around this problem, you can make use of a software utility that overlays a certain color on your desktop screen, which can prevent increased brightness levels.
ScreenOverlay is an application that enables you to apply a solid color overlay on top of your screen image and reduce the undesired effects caused by high levels of brightness and flashing lights. You can choose any color you want by using your mouse to pick a shade from the available spectrum, or by directly adding the RGB values into the provided fields. The hue, saturation and luminosity can also be controlled to obtain the desired color.
After you successfully finish adjusting the preferred shade and apply the changes, your screen is tinted with the chosen color. If you find it too hard to distinguish text or any other type of content on your desktop, ScreenOverlay enables you to control the opacity level and adjust the amount of color used for the overlay effect.
One of the main advantages of the application is its ability to maintain the color overlay on top of any application and even during video content playback. That way, even if your program has to be run in fullscreen mode, such is the case for video games or movies, you can still keep yourself protected from unsafe levels of brightness.
The fact that the effect is preserved in the screenshots as well can be a bit of a disadvantage, since you may not want to use them with the activated overlay on your personal website, or send them to your friends. But you can easily change the opacity level to get around this small problem, or switch to a less visible color shade.
Overall, ScreenOverlay is a handy and useful utility, especially for those of you who suffer from epilepsy and have to protect your eyes from any type of high brightness levels, but it can also be used by everyone who needs to protect their eyes.