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Staff Display Screen Users

Employees of The Consortium Trust, who user display screen equipment regularly and as part of their role, are able to access an eyesight test with any qualified optician of their choice, having obtained prior approval from their line manager and submit a receipt for the test via their Healthshield account for reimbursement of upto £30.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. These workers are known as ‘DSE users’. The regulations don’t apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time.

All ‘office staff’ and probably most teaching staff would probably qualify as DSE users. An employer must 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.

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.  Employers must assess DSE workstations and take steps to reduce any health risks.

how do i claim?

In the first instance, speak to your Lne Manager or Academy Head to confirm that you are eligible for an eye test as a Display Screen User.

display screen user enquiries

If you have any queries regarding your Health Shield Cash Plan, please contact
Liz Frere-Smith, Head of Service for People, by email at:, or by telephone on:  01986 835670.