How to reduce screen glare

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How to reduce screen glare
Screen glare is a challenge shared by many computer users. (computer monitor iso right image by patrimonio designs from

Computer users often deal with glare on their computer screens, which results from light reflecting off computer monitors. Not only is this annoying and inconvenient, but it can also have health implications. For example, screen glare can contribute to eyestrain and pain, headaches and overall stress on your body. There are some simple steps, some of which involve no cost, which you can follow to reduce or even eliminate computer screen glare.

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Things you need

  • Desk lamp
  • Window curtains or blinds
  • Computer antiglare screen

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  1. 1

    Turn off overhead lights, and if necessary ask appropriate office personnel for permission to do so. Explain the health concerns and risks involved with screen glare and the reasons why you cannot have overhead light in your office area.

  2. 2

    Place a desk lamp to the side of your monitor on your desk. This type of light is much less likely to cause screen glare than overhead light is. Experiment with the proper placement and bulb wattage of your lamp, and find the set-up that best reduces computer screen glare.

  3. 3

    Move your computer monitor so that it is at a 90-degree angle to the window in your office area and thus to any sunlight coming in from the window. The computer screen should not be positioned directly facing the window and sunlight. Your body and eyes also should not be facing the window and outdoor light. Try different locations for your computer monitor until you find the one that yields the least computer glare.

  4. 4

    Tilt or turn your computer monitor, and observe whether different adjustments reduce screen glare. Find the adjustment that best reduces glare.

  5. 5

    Adjust the brightness and contrast on your computer monitor. Follow the monitor's instructions to do so. Experiment until you find the setting that results in the most reduction of screen glare and discomfort.

  6. 6

    Use window blinds or curtains in your office area. Close or arrange the window coverings at an angle that reduces screen glare. Experiment with this until you find a comfortable set-up.

  7. 7

    Purchase a computer antiglare screen, and attach it to your monitor according to the instructions that come with it. Note that you might not need to purchase this item if following the previous steps adequately reduced your computer screen glare challenge.

Tips and warnings

  • Screen glare will most likely vary throughout the day, because of variations in amount of natural light coming in your windows. When you initially make the necessary changes to reduce screen glare, test your monitor set-up at different times of the day to ensure that you have adequate reduction in glare throughout the day. Blinking your eyes often and taking frequent breaks from computer work help with eyestrain. You can shop around at stores and online retailers or wholesalers to find the best prices and selections on screen antiglare equipment. You can use some of the same steps listed in this article to counteract television screen glare.
  • Screen glare is much more of a challenge if you are using your computer outdoors. Because of this, it can be best to avoid using a computer outside, or only use your computer outdoors on less sunny days or at times of the day when the sun's angle does not cause as much glare.

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