10 Ways to Reduce Computer Eyestrain and Staying Productive Part 2
Adjust Your Computer Monitor’s Settings
Often times, our monitors default settings are set for the best viewing settings for entertainment, which means it firing at the highest brightness level for great colors and details. However, for someone working in front of the computer all day, every day, you have to be meticulous on what the settings are about.
If you simply work on word files, spreadsheets, documents and browsing the web, then you may not need the best entertainment settings. Adjusting your display to the right settings can greatly help reduce eye fatigue and eye strain. Here are the three most basic and important adjustments you need to know about:
In terms of brightness, adjust your display’s brightness so it approximates the brightness of your desk or workstation. To test this, check the white background of this Web page. If it looks close to your ambient lighting then you’re good to go. But if it looks like a light source, then it is definitely too bright. If the screen seems dull and gray, then it’s too dark.
Text Size and Contrast
Text size is crucial for people who spend a lot of time working on word files, spreadsheets, reading, etc. Having the right contrast to pair it with equates to comfort.
Computer Vision Syndrome expert Dr. James Speedy suggests that, to avoid eye strain, your screen’s display text should be three times the smallest size you can read from normal viewing positions. The best color combination for your eyes to read is black and white; black for the text, and white for the background. Other dark-on-light backgrounds can also work as well.
This is the term used to describe the visible light spectrum emitted by the monitor’s color displays. The colors orange and red are known for their longer wavelength hues, while the blue light is the short-wavelength visible light commonly associated to eye strain. Reducing your display’s color temperature generally lowers its blue light emission, making way for better viewing comfort.
Users whose computers run on Microsoft Windows OS can adjust their display’s settings right from the Control Panel. Apple computer users on the other hand, can set their display’s settings at System Preferences (at Applications folder in Finder).
In some cases, desktop computer monitor’s color temperature can be adjusted right on the display itself.
If you want to save yourself from the trouble of deciphering how to work with your display’s color temperature, then use F.lux. It’s a free app that automatically adjusts your display’s settings to pre-determined color temperature, based on your environment and time of the day (whether the sun is up or down).
Set your monitor screen settings so that the contrast between the background and on-screen characters is high. Make sure the colors of images are well optimized and the text size and font style is easily readable.
Also, there are new models of monitors out there equipped with eye-friendly features, such as FlickerFree technology, Low Blue Light emissions, etc. BenQ RL2460HT for example, is a new gaming monitor packed with great gaming-centric features for comfortable extended hours of gaming. It has Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light emission technology to take care of your eyes for clear and lasting gameplay.
Upgrade Your Display
LCD monitors are better than their old-fashioned CRT counterparts in all areas, from performance quality to taking care of your eyes. The former are easier on the eyes and comes with anti-reflective surface. However, if you have experiencing problems with your vision using early models of LCD screens, then you might want to upgrade to newer and better LCD monitors. Newer LCD monitors today comes equipped with better features and functions to improve your work experience in all areas; from performance quality, extra convenient features to taking care of your eyes and let you work longer such as anti-glare coating, flicker free technology and reduction of blue-light.
Also, choose a relatively large display for your workstation. For desktop computer users, there are tons of options now ranging from 21-inch to a whopping 32-inch (some newer models that doubles as computer monitor and TV are even bigger). The rule of thumb here is to have at least 19-inches.
If you have an existing monitor that is still in good working condition, then you can purchase another display and use them side-by-side for a dual monitor or even triple monitor setup
The Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm is an innovative dual monitor stand that can hold two displays or a laptop and an extra external display. Made up of the famous polished aluminum construction and equipped with Ergotron’s patented technology, this product is one of the best rated products today in its market.
If you work a lot of computer programs and open a lot of windows simultaneously, and two monitors seems not enough for you, then you can opt for a triple monitor setup.
The LX Triple Display Lift Stand from Ergotron is quite an impressive product for its purpose. It’s a great solution for people looking to manage their work space and free up their desk while still have a nice 2 or 3 monitor setup and move multiple displays in unison.