A procedure to determine the individually comfortable position of visual displays relative to the eyes

Ergonomics. 1999 Apr;42(4):535-49. doi: 10.1080/001401399185450.


In an intervention phase, 38 operators used four different imposed screen positions (near versus distant, high versus low) for a full working day to experience the advantages and disadvantages. Screens at about 66 cm induced more reported strain than screens at about 98 cm. When operators later freely selected their individually most comfortable screen position, individually different changes due to the intervention were observed: some subjects changed to shorter, others to longer viewing distances, some operators adjusted the screen lower, others higher. These effects were confirmed in repeated tests. Thus, trying out different screen positions appears useful for arranging the VDU workstation to the individually most comfortable screen location relative to the eyes.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Computer Terminals / standards*
  • Data Display / standards*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Occupational Health
  • Posture / physiology*
  • Treatment Outcome