Take a good look at your chair. Is it comfortable? Can you adjust the arms? GearPatrol.com says you should look for the following in your office chair:
- Lumbar Support (preventing lower back strain)
- Adjustability (lumbar support, arm width and height, seat back widgh and height, seat and back angle, tension control).
- Wheel Base (can you roll comfortably?)
- Swivel Base (It needs to swivel freely to allow for easy access)
- Fabric (breathable and cushion-y)
The other thing to realize is that your chair doesn’t last forever. If you are in it for several hours a day, you may need to replace it once or twice a year.
First, you’ll want to make sure you use a good monitor. Picking up old monitors from friends, family and thrift stores may not be such a bargain. Old monitors can have a low refresh rate that contributes to headaches. Some people are affected by an invisible “flicker” that can also cause headaches. Prices on monitors have really dropped so you should be able to pick up a good one at a reasonable price.
True story: I had a friend who used to help people select their computer systems. When it came to choosing the monitor, he would take them into a store with their head covered in a blanket. Leading them to the monitor section, he would put the other end of the blanket over the screen, creating a makeshift isolated and individual view of each one. After deciding which monitor they found most comfortable to look at, they’d make their purchase.
Do you mainly use a laptop? If so, finding a larger monitor to plug into could be a big help. With an extra screen, you can either mirror your laptop, so that what you see on a large screen is exactly what is on your laptop, or you can use it as an extra screen to give you a larger view of text and graphics requiring clarity.
Even if you use a desktop computer a second monitor can make a huge difference. Once you try a second monitor, you’ll never go back to just one.
Need help? SofTech computers can help you set up a second, or sometimes, even a third (!) monitor.
Check the monitor height. Do you have to stretch or slump to view it comfortably? Sometimes placing the monitor on a riser stand will help bring it to the correct height.
It might be time for an appointment with your optometrist. Staring at your computer all day can cause eye strain and fatigue. According to AllAboutVision.com, your doc may suggest:
- Vision exam
- Computer glasses - this may allow you to stay farther away from your monitor and still see clearly.
- Lens coatings to help block the “blue light” emitted from computer screens.
- An anti-reflective coating.