Vision tests and workstation assessments

Work with Display Screen Equipment (DSE) does not cause any damage to eyes or eyesight. The purpose of testing vision and assessing workstations is to enhance comfort and efficiency. Minimum standards for any workstation are as follows:

  • Adequate lighting
  • Adequate contrast, no glare or distracting reflections
  • Distracting noise minimised
  • Leg room and clearance to allow postural changes
  • Window covering if needed to minimise glare
  • Software appropriate to the task
  • Adjustable, stable, readable, glare free screen
  • Adjustable, legible keyboard
  • Work surface space for flexible arrangement of equipment and documents
  • Stable, adjustable chair
  • Footrest if user needs one

Activities of DSE users should be planned so that daily work is periodically interrupted by breaks or changes of activity in order to prevent fatigue and to vary visual and mental demands. Such breaks should occur at least once every hour and last at least ten minutes.

DSE users can obtain a voucher for an eye and eyesight test. In order to obtain this a workstation risk assessment should first be completed and if possible scanned and emailed to .

Special spectacles prescribed to correct vision defects at the viewing distance for DSE work are only needed for a small minority of people.

Multi-focal spectacles can cause adverse health effects due to repeated adjustments to the head and neck position or adopting awkward posture. If repeated adjustments to the head and neck position or adopting awkward posture is necessary to use multi-focal spectacles, then these should be avoided.