Pain using a Monitor Screen
Are you getting neck or back pain using a monitor? Are your eyes sore or struggling to see?
Review the following tips to see if you can resolve any issues you are experiencing.
- Position the monitor central to your sitting position. The centre of the screen in your midline, so that you are sitting symmetrically.
- If you have more than one screen, place both screens so that their near edges touch (eg in your midline). Ultrawide monitors give a more continuous screen wider width if required. If the screens are using different hard drives, it is possible for one keyboard and mouse to operate two systems.
- Once sitting at the correct height, consider raising the screen so that the top of the viewable screen is horizontal with your eye line. If you wear glasses, you may not need to raise the screen, depending on the lenses in use. Eg bifocal glasses may require the user to look through the lower lens of the glasses. Therefore the screen should be lower than usual.
- The screen should be viewed comfortably when sitting upright or reclined in the chair. Avoid bending your back, neck and head forwards towards the screen to see it. If this is the case, consider have an Eye Test and move the screen closer meanwhile, to ease this posture.
- Consider if there is any glare/reflection on the screen from lights and/or windows. This is less of an problem now with use of newer screens. Take more breaks from the screen using the 20:20:20 rule.
- Consider using the free options on the computer Control Panel, such as larger, or clearer font styles and sizes. Also adjust the screen brightness and contrast. Use different background colours or font colours on the computer system to ease vision difficulties.
- If using a screen at all is problematic, there are other technology alternatives. Tell us your circumstances and we can advise what assessment will be needed.
We hope this information is useful and practical advice to ease pain using a monitor.
Pain using a monitor can be impacted by your sitting posture on an office chair.
If you cannot resolve discomfort or pain, you may need an assessment. This can prevent issues in the future or resolve issues you are currently experiencing.
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