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Eye tests for HSE staff using display screen equipment

You may experience eye fatigue, red or sore eyes and headaches from using your computer.

Eye fatigue can cause you to adopt awkward postures which may cause discomfort.

Eye strain and fatigue is reduced by having:

  • the screen well positioned
  • suitable lighting conditions
  • regular breaks from screen work

HSE staff using display screen equipment (DSE) are entitled to an eye and eyesight test:

  • before commencing DSE work
  • at regular intervals (at least every 3 years)
  • when experiencing visual difficulties due to DSE work

This test is paid for by the HSE.

If your eye test shows that particular lenses are required for DSE work, these are paid for by the HSE. This covers the cost of minimum-requirement frames and lenses.

The HSE is not liable for costs if you already wear glasses and need routine new lenses.

A claim for costs can be made on the reimbursement for other costs form (PDF, 180KB, 1 page)

How to apply for reimbursement of your eye test

  1. Provide confirmation of working for the HSE
  2. Confirm local arrangements for eye tests with your manager or Occupational Health department
  3. Arrange an appointment with your optician
  4. You must pay for the eye test and submit the reimbursement form to your processing division


Contact the Health and Safety helpdesk for information and advice
(for HSE staff)

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2020
Next review due: 20/11/2023