Office work already comes with quite a few health risks, such as the fact that you spend many hours sitting down, which is not great for your back, among other things. On top of that, staring at a screen for a long time can also take its toll on your eyesight, especially if you don’t take the necessary precautions to protect yourself.

Thankfully, modern monitors come with various features designed to lessen the load on your eyes and reduce eye strain. These features include sensors that detect the amount of ambient light to auto-adjust the monitor’s brightness and various filters that aim to reduce the total amount of blue light that reaches your eyes.

Even so, you should still take short breaks every hour or so because your eyes can still get tired, no matter how fancy your new monitor might be.

What to Look for in a Monitor That Reduces Eye Strain

While the features mentioned above are certainly important, there are some other things you should watch out for while purchasing a new monitor.

As such, here are some of the factors you should consider when picking your new display:

  • Size. A small monitor will force you to sit closer to it, which is obviously not good for your eyes. On the other hand, a monitor that’s too big requires you to constantly move your eyes to glance at the sides, which may even cause nasty neck pains if you have to turn your head too often.
  • Flicker-free. This feature is pretty widespread in most office monitors, so it shouldn’t be hard to find a model that includes it. In short, this is a backlighting trick that aims to smooth out brightness changes.
  • Blue light filter. A blue light filter aims to control your monitor’s color temperature to limit the amount of blue light that radiates from your screen. However, this can also be achieved through software, and you can actually get the same effect by using apps like f.lux.
  • Anti-glare coating. Glossy displays can be annoying under certain lighting conditions, especially if your desk happens to be near a window. However, most modern monitors feature anti-glare coating, so it shouldn’t be difficult to tick this box.
  • Refresh rate. In truth, this should not be a problem nowadays, since most monitors are already running at 60Hz, which is enough to prevent eye strain. The only time this may be a problem if your monitor doesn’t support 4K@60 on HDMI, and you are limited to 30Hz.

We should point out that buying a monitor with these features does not make you immune to eye strain. Remember to sit at a reasonable distance from your monitor, as well as to use the 20-20-20 rule. This rule says that you should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes to relax your eyes.

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