Working at a computer all day while staring at your monitor can cause you lots of problems. Over time doing this every day can cause you more problems than you can imagine. The neck pain and eye strain caused by staring at a computer without proper positioning can be very detrimental to your overall health. That’s why we like to use monitor ergonomics to help relieve neck pain and eye strain.
Using a computer for very long periods of time like most of us do is one of the most common eyestrain causes. This high prevalence of discomfort and strain is one of the reasons why many people seek help with ergonomic products.
Optimal Computer Monitor Positioning
If you want the best possible positioning to avoid pain and strain then remember this: head up, eyes down.
You can strive for an upright neutral neck posture while working at a computer, but make sure you allow for a downward gaze with your eyes. This downward gaze will allow you to reduce eye strain and prevent future problems.
Positioning your monitor further than 25 inches away is best. Keeping your monitor further away will reduce the strain of accommodation. If you need something to be larger for you to see it, control the image on the screen rather than repositioning your monitor. The keyboard shortcut “Ctrl” & “+” will increase the screen image size and let you view the image comfortably while still maintaining the proper visual distance.
Remember to take breaks! It’s so important to break up the time you spend looking at a computer monitor if your job is to look at it all day long. You can use the 30-30-30 rule to remember how to take breaks during the day: every 30 minutes take a 30 second break and look 30 yards in the distance.
Having a good computer monitor at your workstation will help you work better and prevent eye strain. After all, if you have to squint and get close to your computer to see then you will just be defeating yourself. Ordering a good ergonomic monitor that is large enough will help you prevent pain and strain and provide a more pleasurable work experience.
We like the Viewsonic LED 22-Inch Ergonomic Widescreen LED Monitor for it’s ability to adjust height and tilt and for the very high ratings customers give it.
Computer Monitor Arm
Many people find it’s easiest to position the monitor at the correct distance and height when using a computer monitor arm. The arm allows you to more freely move the monitor around to get the correct positioning. This makes it easier than ever to remove the problem of eye strain.
We like the LX Desk Mount LCD Arm, for it’s technical features and positive 4.8 out of 5 stars rating. It’s intended to help increase viewing comfort and help reduce eye, back and neck strain. The ergonomic adjustment feature lets you control the setting at your desk.
Those are just a few of the tools you could use to set up your workstation properly with the right computer monitor placement. You might even have all the tools you need now to properly position your monitor. Just remember to set things up correctly and you will have a much more pleasant working experience and you’ll be preventing eye strain and pain!