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It depends on the eye sight of the person. Some feel comfort sitting closer to the screen. While for some it will be to sit far. But in normal case (with small monitor) a minimum of one arm distance (30 cm) is to be between our eyes and the monitor. (The distance should increase as the height of the monitor increase)
"that I see only the image on the screen, and not my own reflection, or the neon lamp" Given your standard of effectiveness, then yes, there are effective anti-glare screens. Solutions like the 3M Privacy Screens are, as far as I go, grossly over-priced. You may want to trial more generic solutions on Ebay. Just search on Ebay for Anti-Glare laptop ...
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