DSE work is visually demanding, so it can make someone aware of eyesight problems they have not noticed before (including changes in eyesight that happen with age).
The Display Screen Equipment Regulations require an employer to provide an eyesight test for a DSE user if they request one. The employer must also pay for the test. This should be a full eye and eyesight test by an optometrist or doctor, including a vision test and an eye examination.
It’s up to the employer how they provide the test. For example, they could let users arrange the tests and reimburse them for the cost later, or they could send all their DSE users to one optician.
Glasses for Display Screen Equipment work
- Employers only have to pay for glasses for DSE work if the test shows an employee needs special glasses prescribed for the distance the screen is viewed at.
- If an ordinary prescription is suitable, employers do not have to pay for glasses.
Helping to reduce potential Eye Strain when using Display Screen Equipment
- Changes in activity Breaking up long spells of DSE work helps prevent eye strain
- Look into the distance from time to time, and blink often.