Many people claim that sitting too close to a monitor or TV will permanently damage your eyes, 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.
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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