In an office environment, glare on a computer monitor can result in static, awkward neck postures. Straining to look at a monitor can put pressure on the brachial plexus or neurovascular bundle in the neck and shoulder area. There may be reduced circulation in the affected body area, resulting in less oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Symptoms to be aware of include:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder numbness
The primary sources of glare include overhead lights, outside windows, and light reflected off work surfaces. Depending on the source and location of the light, there are three solutions to consider:
- Adjust the computer monitor tilt and position or relocate the monitor in relation to the light source. Position the monitor at right angles to an outside light source.
- Reduce lighting levels or install parabolic louver covers on overhead lights.
- Attach a glare shield to the computer monitor to minimize glare from all light sources.