There is no reliable evidence that working with display screen equipment (DSE) causes any permanent damage to eyes or eyesight but it may make users with pre-existing vision defects more aware of them. Uncorrected vision defects can make work at display screens more tiring and/or stressful.
Vision Screening plays an important role in industry because it can provide a general overview of employee’s visual disorders, detecting those where corrective action should be taken.
Regulation 5 of the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 states, that where a “designated user” experiences visual difficulties which may reasonably be considered to be caused by work on display screen equipment, their employer shall ensure that they are provided at their request with an appropriate eye and eyesight test.
Who should be screened?
- Display Screen Equipment users in accordance with the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended in 2002).
- Van Drivers
- Fork Lift Truck Drivers
- Company Car Drivers
- Close Inspection Workers
- Occupations where ‘normal’ colour vision is desirable or essential
Vision Screening takes approximately 10 minutes, is included as part of a workstation assessment and includes:
- An assessment of distance, middle and near vision as appropriate
- Referral to an optician when appropriate