Recommendations for monitor placement and the effect of glare
Take anti glare steps to protect your workstation from bright overhead lighting or sunlight that is impacting your monitor. Glare is a common problem for people working on computers. It can "wash out" a screen, making it almost impossible to read. Contrast is also severely effected. Your eyes automatically work to attempt correction, continually refocusing on the material. This occurs whether the glare is severe or so slight you may not be completely aware of it. The refocusing, however, places a great strain on the muscles affecting the eye, and can lead to eyestrain or other vision syndromes.
Discomfort, eyestrain, and even headaches in the office are often the result of screen glare or an incorrectly positioned LCD monitor. Intensive computer usage can result in discomfort and may even affect your health if proper consideration is not given to the positioning of your equipment in relationship to your seating. Suggestions are included on this page to help improve the comfort and functionality of your computing area.
First, ergonomic recommendations for computer monitor placement:
- Position the monitor directly in front of you and facing you, not angled to the left or right. Centering the monitor eliminates the necessity of neck and head twisting to view the screen.
- Position the monitor at a comfortable height, about 2"-3" above eye level to avoid tilting or bending your head.
- Distance your monitor approximately an arm's length from the user's usual sitting position. Generally, this distance is the most comfortable viewing distance.
- Use a high quality computer screen with sharp characters in a comfortable size.
Some tips for reducing glare from your desk area:
- Beware of windows and bright lights that are a common source of glare on your monitor.
- Check for glare by turning your monitor off and look for reflections. Move your monitor screen or lower the light level.
- Make sure that the monitor is not in front of a bright window that can create uncomfortable contrasts and wash out the screen image. If repositioning your desk or monitor is not possible, install shades or drapes to control window brightness.
- Balance the brightness of your monitor and surroundings to eliminate extreme contrast between the screen and the area behind it. Strong contrast can cause headaches and vision problems.
- Take eye breaks every 15 minutes and look to a more distant scene that's 20 feet or more away.
- Keep a clean screen by cleaning it periodically with a recommended screen cleaner.
- Consider the benefits of using an anti-glare screen.
Using an anti glare screen:
To avoid any monitor glare, it's always a good idea to consider a high quality glare filter. There are glare filters available for LCD monitors in various sizes. Many also incorporate other properties to help enhance a healthy computing environment.
- Many anti glare screens come with additional anti-static properties.
- If you require screen magnification, there are some glare filters which include magnification that will double the size of characters without distorting the image.
- Privacy screens are also available for LCD monitors that blur the screen image to anyone attempting to read the copy from the sides; frontal viewing is crisp and clear, however, so your are assured of working in the correct ergonomic position of directly facing your monitor.
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