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"Top Spin" <ToppSpin@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> What are the most important characteristics in a pc monitor for
> minimizing eye strain?
Once you get past the obvious ones - no flicker, adequate focus
and brightness, etc. - it's more a matter of how you as the user
work with the display. A few things to keep in mind:
- It's very tempting to use modern high-res displays to cram as
much information as possible on to the screen, via teensy-tiny
fonts, etc.. But if you don't want to strain your eyes, switch to
a font size and style that you find comfortable and readable over
the long haul.
- Watch your choice of colors, backgrounds, etc.. Contrast, when
reading text, can be a good thing, but avoid color combinations that
are difficult to view for extended periods (for example, red text on
a blue background, or vice-versa). Some people find "negative"
(i.e., white-on-black or green-on-black) easier on the eyes.
- Make sure you've got adequate brightness for your work
environments, and no objectionable reflections on the screen.
Re-orient the screen or re-position light sources to get the best
- Don't forget to adjust the screen height and angle for a comfortable
viewing position. Tired neck muscles aren't exactly "eye strain," but
you'll still feel fatigued...
- Finally, and most importantly - take regular breaks. ANY close-up
detailed work, if done for extended periods, will cause fatigue and
eye strain. Get away from the monitor, and focus on something
in the distance every so often; rest your eyes. If you're subject to
dry eyes, use a wetting agent (see your opthalmologist for
recommendations and help with that, too).