In today’s world we are using computers more and more. In fact, most things we do include using a computer in some way. Our workplace is no different. For many people their entire day is spent sitting in front of a computer screen for work. We already know that how our keyboard is placed and how our chair is set can have an impact on our bodies and our health, but are you aware that the positioning of your computer monitor can as well?
Positioning your computer monitor is extremely important to setting up your workspace. A badly positioned computer monitor can require us to sit or stand in awkward positions and take a large toll on our bodies and health, leaving us sometimes with serious and painful consequences. A badly positioned computer monitor can also lead to excessive eye strain, which can cause its own set of problems for our health.
The following 6 simple steps will help you make sure you are correctly positioning your computer monitor to help you avoid common mistakes and reduce the strain on your body and eyes:
- Reduce Glare
Placing your computer monitor in a position that will reduce or eliminate the glare emitting off of the screen will reduce your amount of eyestrain and will also help prevent you from having to lean forward in an awkward position to better read the screen.
- Use Right Angles and Keep Away From Windows and Lights
Placing your computer monitor at a right angle and away from windows and task lights will help reduce the amount of light coming from directly behind your screen, which will reduce the overall glare and thus reduce your eyestrain. If you’re not able to adjust the angle of your screen or move the monitor away from a window, try simply closing the blinds or turning off a task light that is coming from behind your screen.
- Directly In Front Of You
Placing your computer monitor directly in front of you will make your overall computing experience more comfortable. Having your computer monitor directly in front of you will prevent you from having to twist, turn, or bend your head and neck into awkward and uncomfortable positions to see the screen.
- Position The Top Line Of The Screen At or Slightly Below Eye Level
When this step is completed properly the top line of your computer screen should either be directly at or slightly below (no more than 30 degrees) eye level. An easy test you can do to make sure your screen is angled at the right position is to lean back with a slight recline in your chair and place your right arm out directly in front of you, when you do this your middle finger should almost touch the center of the screen. With your computer monitor screen at this position you should be more comfortable and should neither have to adjust your head forward by leaning it down or backward by tilting it back, both of which cause unnecessary strain and pain on your head, neck, and shoulders.
- Arms-Length Away
Placing the computer monitor approximately an arms-length away will help you make sure the monitor is neither too close nor too far away from you. Having the screen placed too far away from you will cause you to strain your eyes and lean forward to better see your screen, and having the screen placed too closely to you will increase the glare and eyestrain and will likely cause you to tilt your head back away from the screen.
- Close Enough To Be Easily Used
It is important that the computer monitor is placed close enough to you that you are able to clearly read the screen without having to bend your head, neck, or trunk forward or backward and without having to squint and strain your eyes to see the screen.
As you can see from the tips above having your computer monitor properly positioned is key to reducing awkward poses and bad posture and protecting our bodies and overall health and well-being. Proper placement of a computer monitor will help your eyesight, head, neck, shoulders, and back and prevent you from developing unnecessary pain and stiffness.