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23 Feb 2024

What is my ideal working distance?

UKloupes SurgiTel Stand: B59


Working distance is tailored to the individual, such as if you are sitting or standing, whether your posture is ergonomic, and your height. For example, the working distance for a shorter clinician will be smaller when compared to the working distance of a very tall clinician. On average, we have found that someone who is 5′1″ will have a working distance of 15″, someone who is 5′ 8″ will have a working distance of 18″, and someone who is 6′ 1″ will have a working distance of 20″. A discrepancy of just a few inches can have a significant impact on your comfort and health.

Note: With an increase in the working distance, an increase in magnification is needed to see the same amount of detail (Figure 2). With a longer working distance we recommend increasing your magnification. If you are currently working in a non-ergonomic posture when you change to a more upright posture your working distance will increase.

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