Too High?…Too Low?…Too Far?…Too Close?
Other than achieving a properly seated posture, correct placement of your computer monitor can have one of the most profound impacts on ergonomic health in the work place. Ideally the top of the monitor should line up with horizontally with our eyes. This avoids a repetitive motion of the neck moving up and down while viewing. In my experience, most people have their monitors too low. Conversely a monitor mounted too high causes the same neck strain in reverse. To accurately gauge a monitor’s correct position, have someone hold a yardstick horizontally from your eyes to see where it falls on the computer monitor. It should line up with the top of your screen…you might be surprised to see the results. If you do not have an adjustable monitor, consider setting it upon a box or books for additional height.
Where oh where…
Distance from the monitor to the eyes can be wide ranging from 20″ to 39″ according to research. The average user distance from the monitor is about 22″. This distance depends upon the workers screen size, posture even age. No surprise here that older workers tend to prefer closer proximity to the screen. And while we are talking about eyesight…consider the role that bifocals or similar lenses play in a worker’s posture. Remember…workplace injury usually result from long term repetitive motion. Having the monitor at the correct height and distance may be moot if you are constantly shifting your head up and down to accommodate bifocal vision.
The eyes have it…
Unfortunately the prevalence of laptops have been an postural nightmare. Rarely do workers use their laptops in ergonomically healthy positions. One thing’s for sure…the eyes always seem to be the determining factor about how we ultimately position our bodies in relation to our computer screens. So check the height and distance of the monitor to confirm the correct placement of your computer monitor but if you still experience neck and shoulder pain, examine if you are hunching forward to compensate for poor vision.
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