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Am I entitled to a free eye test?
Yes. Employers have a duty, under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 to offer regular DSE users eyesight tests when they start work with the organisation and follow-up tests at regular intervals, and to pay for the cost of corrective spectacles.
Your 'blink rate' drops when you use a computer. Your eyes are less well lubricated, and are likely to become dry and sore. It is important to remember to maintain a normal blink rate when using a computer. Frequent rest breaks, and work away from DSE equipment, give the eyes a chance to recover.