Top Tips for VDU users

Here are some ways to look after your eyes while using your screen:

  • Apply the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. That will give your eye muscles a rest.

  • Try to blink regularly. Focusing on a screen may make you blink less, which may make your eyes dry and uncomfortable.

  • Position your computer screen so that:

It is between 40 and 76 centimetres (16 to 30 inches) from your eyes

The top is level with, or slightly below, your eyes

It is tilted away from you at a 10- to 20-degree angle

There are no distracting reflections, e.g. from a window.


  • Once you have adjusted your screen, adjust the font size so it’s easy to read.

  • Use document holders for reading or reference materials. Place them close to the screen at the same distance from your eyes. This will enable your eyes to remain focused as they move between the screen and the documents.

  • Use a character size that is easy to see. The character size is an important factor since it determines the distance at which you prefer to view the monitor.