Do You See What I See? The Best Way to Achieve Proper Focal Depth

Posted by Doug Herman on Apr 14, 2015 2:16:58 PM
Doug Herman

EyeSight2A friend at a communication center in San Diego recently told Xybix that he’s been working with monitors he cannot move. I asked if I could take pictures of a gentleman’s “system” and he was kind enough to let me. I mean hey, it’s not his fault; if you don’t have the tools at your disposal to be able to see what’s on the monitor, what are you supposed to do?

Focal depth is how far your monitor is from your eyes. The adjustment of that depth  or focal depth adjustment, allows you to move those monitors nearer or farther from your eyes to better see the screens. It is not a fancy add-on for your workstation. It’s not a luxury. Really, it’s about being able to see what your screen projects. If you have to look at those screens for 10 to 12 hours, doesn’t it make sense that you find a way to do so without stressing your eyes?

Industry standards recommend 10 inches of adjustment to your monitors. This means you need to push back or pull forward screens to see them at a comfortable distance. Just like getting into a rental car, having to adjust the seat, wheel and every mirror, you need to adjust your monitors at the beginning of every shift for your depth. That’s every monitor. Every shift. Every time.

If it’s too much of a hassle to adjust the monitor depth, you’ll experience eye strain or headaches around your eye sockets or temples. What happens when you have eye strain or headaches? You slow down or close your eyes! 

A picture is worth a thousand words. Look again at these two pictures from our friend in San Diego. Not only is our friend using a magnifying glass to see what’s on screen, he is leaning forward, looking over the top of his glasses, and his arm is extended. Just looking at these photos, my body aches for him and the pain he incurs. 

While I don’t want to be too “sales-y” (although I am the VP of sales), I have to tell you how easy this is to fix in his center or yours. Get a simple system where all monitors are attached to an arc that keeps each monitor at the right focal depth. Xybix's Rollervision does this. All it takes is three seconds to adjust the depth of every monitor! It’s such a great solution to the headache, eye strain or magnifying glass that I cannot wait to see this installed in our friend’s center in Southern California.

Yeah, I’m a sales guy. But I sell because we have solutions that make dispatchers more comfortable, healthier and more productive. And that’s important — not selfish. 

Monitor yourself as you check your monitors. Leaning forward? Squinting? Cocking your head? How about holding a magnifying glass? For goodness sake, put it down and adjust your monitor’s focal depth. If that’s too hard to do, then give us a call. We’ll help you see how easy it should be.

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Topics: Monitors, Eye Strain