A very open discussion on Ergonomic Monitors, the ergonomic use of computer monitors, visual ergonomics and the benefits of installing ergonomic computer monitor stands.
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A main component of an ergonomic workstation, the ideal ergonomic monitor should be
And hopefully the user would have an uncluttered desktop screen, not littered with icons of random documents and pictures. It should be clean with folders used everyday. Everything that does not need to be accessed everyday should not be on your desktop screen.
Height Adjustment Of Ergonomic Monitor
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An ergonomic monitor is one whose height is adjustable to fit the user's horizontal's line of sight and preferred view area.
Your head and neck posture are determined by how you view your monitor naturally. So if it is too low or high, you'll probably experience eye strain and neck aches. If it is too high, users will find themselves working with their head raised. Monitors which are too low will cause heads and necks to bend forward.
"The screen should be positioned so that the top of the screen does not move above the user's horizontal line of sight." - Celine Mckeown, author of Office Ergonomics, Practical Applications.
Of course, this is hard to achieve if you have multiple users for one computer because the height of our line of sight is all different.
My suggestion is - if you have a computer desktop that is shared at home by multiple users, such as your daughter, son and your wife or husband, the person should use it the most should have the height of the monitor adjusted to his/her eye levels. The short term users are advised not to use the computer for more than a hour daily.
Ergonomic monitor is a monitor whose height is adjusted to the eye level or within the acceptable eye range. That does not mean you can to run out to the store to buy a computer screen or monitor that is labeled "ergonomic".
If your monitor is not height adjustable, you can raise the screen by buying something called screen risers. A more creative alternative would be to stack stable books underneath it.
Another similar tool is called the Articulating Monitor Arms, another version of the ergonomic monitor stand which offers more adjustment options not only for height but to move the screen back and forth as well.
The Use of Monitors in An Ergonomic Way
Sure, you have a fancy ergonomic monitor from an ergonomic supply store, but how you use it determines the effectiveness of your ergonomic monitor.
Scrolling through long lists of information should be avoided.
When typing, bold, italics headings and sub headings should be used appropriately and not overly used.
Good habits such as looking away from your screen for a few seconds to rest your eyes every 20 minute should be practiced.
Staring at a peaceful picture with lots of green has been shown to reduce eye fatigue, you're welcomed to download mine.
Be aware of the direct and indirect of glare
The Issue of Glare In Monitors And Around
Glare occurs when there is an imbalance of surface luminances within the visual field. It can be direct or indirect, either from a source, like a lamp, or bouncing off a glossy table or mirror.
Even if you have an ergonomics monitor, you should take note of the following about the subject of glare to prevent eye strain.
Glare should be avoided through good design and well thought out light installations. Aim for a variety of light sources to soften glare. Instead of relying on one overhead lamp, or one overhead lighting - obtain your light from a variety of sources, but not direct. Filtered sunlight through the window, a standing lamp nearby, overhead lamp that is not directly above you.
Ergonomists advises us to avoid the following situation:
1) Working in a dim room with a very bright desk lamp.
2) Working on a desk with a direct view through a window to the sun or even the clouds. Soften the sunlight with blinds and curtains.
Summary of Ergonomic Monitors and Glare
1. Avoid glare through appropriate position of the monitor and workstation.
2. You can also avoid glare by adapting the monitor.
3. Avoid glare by wearing computer glasses
Optional Ergonomic Monitor Accessory
Computer monitor ergonomics also states that documents should not be placed on the surface of the desk and referred to when the individual is operating the keyboard.
That means, you shouldn't type from a document placed on your desk, it should be next to your monitor.
You are encouraged to use a document holder or copy stand to present the document at the same height and distance as screen
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