Best Monitor Settings for Eyes

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August 27, 2020

Best Monitor Settings to Reduce Eye Strain

Woman with eye strain from monitorAnyone who has spent a long day at the office staring at their computer knows the feeling of eye strain. It’s annoying, to say the least! But it can also be quite uncomfortable.

Your eyes can feel itchy, tired, achy, and dry. You might also experience a headache or sensitivity to light, which is definitely not fun. Eyestrain can also make it difficult for you to concentrate.

There are two things that contribute the most to your computer eye fatigue: not enough contrast and excessive brightness. Fortunately, both of these things can often be dealt with using your computer’s own settings.

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Best Monitor Brightness and Contrast Settings for Eyes

So, now the big question becomes, what are the best monitor settings to reduce eye strain?

Adjust the Contrast

When we discuss the contrast in regards to your computer screen, contrast means “the ratio of luminance between the brightest white that can be produced and the darkest black that can be produced.”

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To reduce eyestrain, you want to increase the contrast. What you are attempting to do is make the text you are reading stand out from the background. This keeps your eyes from working too hard. Most people are comfortable with the contrast set around 60 to 70 percent.

Adjust the Brightness

Once you have your contrast where you like it, you can move on to the brightness setting. The goal here is to get the light coming out of your monitor similar to the light in your workspace.

You don’t want your screen to be a bright spotlight in the room, and you also don’t want it to be too grayed out and dark.

Additional Settings

If you are still feeling strained, you could also play around with the color hue of your monitor. During the daytime, a cool setting is best, but at night, you want the hue to be warmer. There are apps that can help keep your monitor’s hue optimized, but some higher-end laptops will make these adjustments automatically.

Another option is to add a glare filter to your screen. These screens go over your monitor to cut down on the amount of glare hitting your eyes while you are working.

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