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Many people claim that sitting too close to a monitor or TV will permanently damage your eyes Log Into Life: Top 9 Tips To Fight Computer Fatigue & Protect Your Health Log Into Life: Top 9 Tips To Fight Computer Fatigue & Protect Your Health Did you know that your sedentary lifestyle could be killing you from the inside out? Ryan has already presented a case on potential health risks from sitting too long, and for those of us who... Read More , but is there any empirical evidence to back it up? And what is the ideal sitting distance for regular computer users?

The answer is quite simple.

Monitors and TVs pose no risk of permanent eye damage. None at all. It’s a myth that started as an old wives tale and keeps being perpetuated without any solid supporting evidence. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how near or far you sit:

“I don’t think people were meant to be looking at a computer screen all day long,” [Dr. Richard Rosen] said, but “it’s not going to cause long-term damage.”

Much of the problem can come from the screen, because people staring at them for long periods of time tend not to blink.

“If a tear film is a little on the dry side from not blinking sufficiently…then the quality of vision suffers,” said Rosen. “It’s sort of a temporary phenomenon.”

As a guideline, start from arm’s length and adjust accordingly. A smaller screen (e.g. under 14 inches) might be more comfortable up close while a larger screen (e.g. over 20 inches) might require that you sit further back. But anything goes as long as you’re comfortable.

The real secret to fighting computer-related eye fatigue 4 Ways To Prevent Computer-Related Eye Strain Without Losing Productivity 4 Ways To Prevent Computer-Related Eye Strain Without Losing Productivity Do you spend many hours in front of a computer screen? If you do, you’re probably familiar with the inescapable eye strain that comes with it. Headaches, burning eyes, itchiness and just being tired, are... Read More is to take frequent breaks and give your eyes some rest. Doing so could help you sleep better and improve your health Sleep Better & Improve Your Health By Changing How You Use Your Computer Sleep Better & Improve Your Health By Changing How You Use Your Computer Computer work must not be hard on your body. Simple changes that only cost you minutes each day can have a great impact. Here are some tools to help you out. Read More .

How big is your monitor and how far away do you sit from it? Do you frequently struggle with eye strain? Share with us in the comments, maybe we can help.

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