We can’t use a computer without a monitor. That’s obvious. What’s not so commonly known is the number of health hazards that can develop if we don’t use them correctly. Today we’re going to take a look at the position of your monitor.
Position: If you are a writer, or if you watch the screen most of the time you’re working, the monitor should be placed directly in front of you. If you have it to one side, you may develop neck and shoulder problems.
Distance: Place your screen about an arm’s length away when you sit back in your chair, slightly further if you have a large monitor of 20″ or larger. Closer or farther away can cause eye strain.
Height: The ideal height of the screen is where you look directly at it without having to move your head up or down. To do this, imagine a line across the top of the screen, about 3″ down from the top edge. Your eyes should be level with that line. Adjust your seat or the monitor to achieve this. For a larger monitor, you may want to have your imaginary line a few inches lower than suggested above. Also, if you wear bi-focal or multi-focal glasses, you may need to adjust it so that you are looking through the correct lens.
Glare: Don’t place your monitor in front of a window. Ideally, light should come to the monitor from a 45 degree angle. Check for glare and reflections by looking at your screen when it’s switched off. If you can’t avoid glare, try and purchase a high-quality anti-glare screen.
Comfort: Tilt your screen with the top slightly further from you than the bottom.