Ergonomic Workstation Lighting: Preventing Eye Strain & Headaches

Ambient lighting for radiologist ergonomics.


Proper lighting plays a huge role in ergonomic workstations to prevent eye strain and headaches.


Did you know that:

  • 56.9% of Radiologists work longer than 8 hours at a workstation

  • 87% of Radiologists experiencing physical discomfort

  • 66% of Radiologists report significant eye fatigue

These are staggering numbers. We have the tools to change the narrative.


Lighting has a big impact on both the physical and visual well-being of individuals working in the radiology industry. By looking at various factors such as lighting intensity, color temperature, flicker-free technology, and strategies to reduce glare and reflections, we explore considerations that need to be taken into account when designing and implementing ergonomic lighting solutions.


At RedRick Technologies, we design and develop ergonomic workspaces for healthcare professionals that include workstations, monitor mounting solutions, accessories, and peripherals. We also provide ergonomic design services that help organizations implement ergonomic principles for improved space design and functionality. Get in touch and let’s find ways to improve the ergonomic functionality of your workspace.



Ergonomic Workstations in Radiology

Ergonomic workstations are purposefully designed setups that prioritize professionals’ physical comfort and well-being during their tasks.


In radiology, where precision and focus are paramount, ergonomic workstations are pivotal in ensuring that radiologists can perform their tasks with minimal physical strain and maximum efficiency.


Promoting Comfort and Efficiency

Ergonomic workstations go beyond mere aesthetics. They are meticulously crafted to align with the natural movements and postures of the human body.


This alignment reduces the risk of discomfort, fatigue, and repetitive strain injuries that often result from prolonged periods of sitting and intense concentration. By minimizing physical strain, ergonomic workstations enable radiologists to maintain a higher level of focus and cognitive performance throughout their tasks. This, in turn, directly contributes to accurate image interpretation and diagnosis.



Adequate lighting is essential for clear image visualization and preventing eye strain.


This is best achieved using a dimmable light source that is behind the monitors, positioned at the level of the desktop and illuminating up towards the ceiling, casting a glow on the wall behind the workstation with some light reflecting back from the ceiling. This creates an illuminated visual field surrounding the monitors. By balancing the illumination from the monitors and the surrounding visual field, visual acuity can be increased, and eye fatigue decreased.  



The Link Between Lighting and Ergonomics

Proper lighting ensures that the workspace is adequately illuminated, reducing the strain on the eyes when reading documents or viewing computer screens.


It contributes to an ergonomic setup by allowing users to see their work materials clearly without squinting or straining.


The Impact of Lighting on Eye Health and Comfort

Insufficient or overly harsh lighting can take a toll on our eyes, causing fatigue, dryness, and overall discomfort throughout the workday. It's a familiar scenario for anyone who has squinted at a computer screen or strained to read printed materials due to poor lighting. Well-crafted ergonomic lighting, however, stands as a solution to mitigate these problems and foster healthier eye conditions.


By providing even, adjustable illumination, ergonomic lighting minimizes the need for our eyes to constantly adjust to changing light levels or struggle to focus on tasks. This thoughtful approach not only reduces eye fatigue but also accommodates the diverse visual demands of different tasks, creating an environment where our eyes can function optimally, ultimately contributing to improved comfort, productivity, and overall well-being in the workspace.


The Connection Between Lighting and Headaches

Inadequate lighting can have a profound impact on one's well-being, particularly for those prone to headaches and migraines. Factors like excessive glare, which forces the eyes to constantly adjust to varying light levels, and flickering lights, which can go unnoticed but disrupt visual stability, are known triggers for these painful conditions.


Ergonomic lighting solutions are meticulously designed to counteract these issues, striving to create environments where such triggers are minimized. By reducing glare, employing flicker-free technologies, and offering customizable lighting options, ergonomic lighting not only fosters visual comfort but also promotes a headache-free workspace that is conducive to improved productivity and overall quality of life.



Factors to Consider in Ergonomic Lighting

Consider these factors when setting up ergonomic lighting to ensure that your workspace is optimized for comfort, productivity, and well-being.


Radiologist in dark room looking at monitor scan.


Proper Lighting Levels and Intensity

  • Adequate lighting levels are crucial to prevent eye strain and create a comfortable workspace.

  • The intensity of lighting should be adjustable to accommodate different tasks and personal preferences.

  • Too much or too little light can lead to discomfort and decreased productivity.


Choose the Right Colour Temperature for Different Tasks

Different tasks require different colour temperatures. For example, cooler, daylight-like lighting is suitable for tasks that require focus and attention, while warmer lighting is more relaxing.


Adaptable lighting solutions allow you to customize the colour temperature based on your activities and time of day.


Flicker-Free Lighting

Flickering lights can lead to eye strain, headaches, and even discomfort that may go unnoticed. Opting for flicker-free LED lighting is essential to maintain visual comfort and reduce the risk of health issues associated with flicker.


Reduce Glare and Reflections on Screens

Glare and reflections on screens can be highly distracting and can contribute to eye strain. Proper positioning of lighting fixtures and the use of anti-glare screens or coatings on monitors can help minimize these issues.


Take Advantage of Blue Light Technology

The 465 nm to 495 nm spectrum, known as blue-turquoise light is an essential part of human vision.


Smick and Chous (2015) have noted that blue-turquoise light helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, which allows for the proper functioning of the sleep/wake cycle, memory, and mood. Additionally, they noted that blue-turquoise light has a positive impact on visual acuity and colour perception. Consider taking advantage of blue light technology to alleviate the strain on your eyes.



Products Proven to Improve Your Well-being

Scientific research emphasizes the importance of appropriate ambient lighting in reading spaces, as it plays a vital role in minimizing eye strain and headaches.


Our team at RedRick Technologies stands as a trailblazer, having introduced ambient lighting as a pioneering feature in our workstations designed for imaging professionals. This innovation has become a staple in all RedRick workstations, encompassing both ambient and task lighting to ensure optimal reading conditions and alleviate visual discomfort. Contact us to learn more and request a demo.



Why Choose RedRick Workstations?

The answer is simple — we care deeply about radiologists’ well-being.


We have spent over two decades working and learning about the radiology industry and have extensive knowledge to optimize radiology reading rooms. This knowledge and experience gathered over 20 years has helped us create products that are not a one-size-fits-all approach. Our products are thoughtfully designed and customized with your needs and daily rhythms in mind, supporting the critical patient care service that radiologists provide.

Your work is essential. You deserve the workstation and ergonomic environment to perform your job optimally.


Workstations cannot be an afterthought. They are essential in the diagnostic and healthcare industry and should be designed as such. The same way a surgeon requires an optimized operating room, so does a radiologist require an ergonomic and thoughtfully-designed work environment. Get in touch and let’s find ways to improve the ergonomic functionality of your workspace.




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