What is visual field testing?
The visual field refers to the total area in which objects can be seen in the side (peripheral) vision as you focus your eyes on a central point. The visual field can be tested in a few different ways, including the confrontational visual field test, tangent screen test, and automated perimetry test.
A visual field test consists of a spot of light, flashed in various areas repeatedly in the peripheral vision by a medical professional. The visual field test shows how well the central and peripheral vision performs. If a colleague or employee has been diagnosed with glaucoma or a medical professional detects early signs, it is advised to conduct a visual field test.
Why would an employee need an eye test?
An employee who has regular use of display screen equipment (DSE), drives a company vehicle such as a forklift truck or performs tasks with close detail work will require regular eye testing. Symptoms they may experience from DSE use include tired eyes, general discomfort, temporary short sightedness and headaches.
DSE work can be demanding on the eyes, so it’s important for employers to support employees eye health with some simple steps. Employers should check screens are adjusted correctly, lighting is suitable, and employees take regular breaks away from their desks.
Within the UK, an employee must pay for a vision test if an employee requests one. The test should be a full examination of the eye performed by a medical professional, like an optometrist.