The safest font
Doctors continuously warn all computer users: prolonged sitting in front of a computer monitor is detrimental to health, especially to the eyes. Chronic eye fatigue may develop, eyesight begin to deteriorate. A disease such as CPS or computer vision syndrome appears. However, many Internet users who have heard such recommendations more than once still neglect the advice of doctors in whole or in part. Sitting for hours in front of the monitor, they complain about problems with their eyesight and still continue their intense eye-catching activity. In order to help users as much as possible in solving their difficult problems, scientists conducted a series of experiments in which they found the parameters of the safest typeface for our view.
Professor of Optometry and lead author of research at the University of the Pacific, Dr. Jim Chidy, reported that half of the people who use computers have a clear level of VHC. “If your threshold size is 3 times larger than the size of the text, then you will need to strain to read some font. In turn, you need to bend down to get an accurate result, which also has some effect on your body due to the constant uncomfortable posture, ”he said.
Syndrome of computer vision is expressed by such signs as pain in the forehead and eyes, burning in the eyes, reduced sensitivity of vision, disruption of the eye muscles, temporary myopia. Such indicators should alert the person who cares about their health.
According to ophthalmologists, from 65 to 90% of all computer users are affected by this syndrome. Meanwhile, in our time, representatives of almost all specialties need to spend a lot of time in front of a computer monitor. If at work you need to print a lot, look at the monitor for a long time, then there is a good way to reduce eye strain a little bit, using the most “safe” font.
It was established by scientists from the Laboratory of Visual Ergonomics of America (Vision Ergonomics Research Laboratory). Verdana is considered the most computer-friendly for computer vision. An example of the use of such a font are the pages of this site. The font itself was created in 1996 by painter Matthew Carter specifically for Microsoft. This factor has led to a great popularization of the font on Internet pages.
After the calculations, the scientists came to the conclusion that when reading those texts that were typed in Verdana, the ophthalmic muscles of a person have minimal tension, since this font does not have serifs, and the increase in letters occurs due to a decrease in the line spacing therefore it has good readability even with a small size (size). In addition, psychologists believe that the Verdana font activates a slight sense of optimism in a person.
But the main thing is that this font helps to avoid computer vision syndrome and myopia. And for the eyes, the best screen font size is from 10 to 14 points.