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The monitor height and distance is customized based on you and the work you do.

(1) Complete Ergonomics Tips for Setting Up Your Work Area and find the work surface height that works for you.

To set monitor height:

If your vision is normal or if you have a single lens correction, set the height of your monitor so that the top of the screen is just below eye level and then tilt the screen up slightly towards you.  When you look at your screen, you head should be level with a slight downward visual angle.

If you wear bifocals or progressive lenses, adjust your monitor so that you look at your screen, your head should be level when reading through the lenses that give you the best focus.

A quick check for monitor height:

  • Facing your monitor, sit or stand in your typical posture when you are working
  • Close your eyes
  • Position your head in its most comfortable and relaxed  posture
  • Open your eyes
  • Looking at your monitor, identify the place on your monitor that you see first.  This should be approximately 2 inches from the top of your screen display, not the top of the monitor
  • When you look from upper left hand screen corner to lower right hand screen corner there should be minimum up and down head movement if the monitor is at the correct height.

The monitor distance varies from person to person so there is no one correct distance.  A comfortable distance is usually between 18 inches and 30 inches.

A quick check for monitor distance:

  • Facing your monitor, sit or stand in your typical posture when you are working
  • Stretch your arm out in front of you--the screen should be close to your fingertips, give or take an inch or two 
  • Look at the screen to see if you can easily view the text or images
  • If you have questions, talk with your eye care professional for additional guidance

You can measure your own viewing distance by putting a tape measure on the tip of your nose and measuring to the screen.  This measurement can assist your eye care professional to understand your work environment.


Last updated on May 1, 2010 by Ellen Meyer