Verdana is the Best Font for Eyes

by Kathy Jones on  August 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM News on IT in Healthcare   - G J E 4
A research funded by computer giant Microsoft has revealed that Verdana is the best font for users to read text even as small a size as 10 without any discomfort.
 Verdana is the Best Font for Eyes
Verdana is the Best Font for Eyes

However the study, conducted by Vision Ergonomics Research Laboratory, suggests that a number of different conditions could affect your eyesight with the level of your computer screen, brightness and contrast being a few of the most important indications.

On his visit to India for the inauguration of Computer Vision Therapy clinic in Bangalore, lead researcher Dr Jim Sheedy warned that ignoring discomfort when in front of a computer could lead to a number of health problems including Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).

"If the text size is three times lesser than your threshold size, you would struggle to read the font. In turn, you would lean forward to read clearly, which would then affect your body due to uncomfortable posture", he added.

Source: Medindia

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As someone who conducts ergonomic evaluation, I agree vision is often an overlooked component of office ergonomics. Eye strain can lead to headaches, vision problems and eye fatigue. In addition, when a user has problems seeing the monitor comfortably, they may lean forward causing strain to the spine, nerves and muscles of the head, neck and shoulders. There are also unique conditions created by different size monitors. Users today may have a traditional screen size as well as a laptop screen and even a 24" monitor. Each display should be assessed for proper placement, height and distance. Vision is also a large consideration for the recommendations. Users should have their eyes checked once per year and bifocal wearers should consider a pair of lenses designed for computer use. Lisa Harris, OTR, Austin HealthWorks
AustinHealthWorksConsulting49 Monday, August 30, 2010

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