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6 Easy Ways to Reduce Computer Screen Glare

Friday, January 07, 2011
By Anne Kramer

anti-glare filtersIf you look at a computer screen for an extended period of time, sooner or later, you will begin to develop problems including carpal tunnel, back problems and eyestrain. When it comes to headaches and eyestrain, a common element is glare from the computer screen.

To avoid such problems, it’s easy to find ways to reduce this problem. Let’s look at a few easy and low-cost ways to reduce the glare from your computer monitor:

Reducing Computer Screen Glare

  1. Keep your monitor away from the window – Keeping your monitor in front of a window actually can make contrasts and unseen areas on your screen. If you can’t move your monitor, then think about putting up some shades or curtains to shade the glare.
  2. Take a break – Try to take a break every 15 – 20 minutes and get away from your computer screen. Try to do this as much as you can to avoid glare and eye strain.
  3. Keep the screen clean – This is obvious, but some don’t realize by keeping your screen clean, you reduce the glare and strain on your eyes when you’re looking at it.
  4. Use an anti-glare screen – Although not a requirement, consider using a anti-glare screen protector for your monitor to reduce the strain on your eyes.
  5. Check for bright lights – Check to ensure there isn’t any bright overhead or nearby lights that may generate a glare on the computer screen.
  6. Move the monitor – Sometimes glare relates to the position of the monitor itself. Consider moving the screen to a position that works best for you. You can also invest in a monitor arm and have great flexibility in repositioning that computer monitor.

Don’t take glare from your computer monitor lightly – it could be causing you problems like headaches and increased eyestrain. To give yourself less strain and more productivity, look at decreasing the glare around your monitor.

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