However, as people demands to use their computer increased, they often found the increased usage to cause eye strain and increased eye stress. If your work requires prolonged use of the computer, or even if your home and personal use of the computer, you may have one or more of these symptoms and be suffering from a condition referred to as computer vision syndrome. To solve this problem you may want to consider periodic eye examinations to ensure up-to-date prescriptions, make scheduled breaks from the computer, use special programs to interrupt your applications and remind you to take a break or even reduce these symptoms avoiding using the computer! It also can be fruitful to upgrade the quality of your monitor, increase its refresh rate, place the monitor at the most comfortable position or get a anti-glare filter to reduce eye strain at least.
An anti-glare filter fulfills a good job at reducing screen glare on computer monitors. Though, if you use flat screen monitors, glare may not be as big of a problem as concerning curved screens. Anti-glare filters come in two frame designs - flat or wrap-around. Which frame you choose depends on your monitor style and personal preference.
There are a lot of materials and varieties of anti-glare filters for computer monitors. Making a decision is hard to do. So, the recommendations to choose an anti-glare filter are the following.
Optical glass. You should better prefer high quality optical glass to plastic or micromesh.
Anti-reflective coatings. The more the filter reduce screen glare, the better (the optimal is up to 95% or 99%). Good filter high glare reduction is provided by multi-layer anti-reflective coatings on one or both sides of the glass.
Transmission. Light transmissions available in anti-glare filters may vary from about 30% transmission to 65% or higher. To determine which level of transmission is best for you should consider the amount of ambient light glare in your work area. The possible sources of glare on computer screens are light through windows, overhead lighting, desk lamps, white paper near the screen and even bulletin boards and white clothing. The greater the glare, the lower the transmission you may need to reduce glare on the monitor.
Anti-static. This feature of your newly-bought filter to drain excess static electricity from the computer screen helps minimize the accumulation of dust on the computer screen that can reduce character legibility. Also make sure you properly ground the cord to an earth connection.
Easy-to-clean-coating. Choose in favour of anti-glare filters that have an easy-to-clean feature requiring only water and a soft cloth to clean your filter. As well as anti-reflection coatings show fingerprints that blur the screen and they can be difficult to remove. Make sure that you clean your computer screen with a recommended cleaner or wipe before installing your filter.
American Optometric Association (AOA) Seal of Acceptance and ISO 9241-7 Compliance. Make sure that you are buying a filter that has been tested to the highest standards for glare reduction.