More and more people are spending hours on a computer daily for work and play. Here are some tips to make using your eyes and your computer a little bit more tolerable.


Adjust your chair

v    Your feet should be flat on the floor with knees bent close to or greater than 90 degrees

v    Your chair should support your legs without excessive pressure on the back of your thighs

v    Your back should be snug against the seat to fit your spinal contour and your thigh to trunk angle should be 90 degrees or greater


Using your monitory and keyboard

v    Locate your monitor 16”-30” from your eyes, depending on the size of your monitor and individual vision conditions

v    The top of the monitor should be slightly below a horizontal eye level. Tilt the top of the monitor away from you at a 10 degree to 20 degree angle. The center of the monitor should be 10-20 degrees below your eyes

v    Keep your monitor free of fingerprints and dust~ both can reduce clarity

v    Place document holders close to your screen within the same viewing distance

v    Adjust your keyboard, tilt angle so that you wrists are straight


Computers and Lighting

v    Adjust the brightness of the monitor to an intensity that is comfortable to your eyes; not too bright and not too dim and eliminate bright light sources from your peripheral vision

v    Adjust the contrast and brightness between the characters on the monitor and the background so letters are easily read

v    Minimize reflected glare on your monitor by using window treatments, dimmer switches on lights and anti-glare screens and non-glare lenses in your glasses

v    Position your monitor perpendicular to windows or other bright light sources to reduce glare


Human eyes were made for most efficient operation at distance, but if you use suggestions made here and have to the office for computer vision testing and glasses, you will be able to use your computer more comfortably and productively.

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