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Eye Test

Statutory requirement

Article 5.11 of the Working Conditions Decree (Arbeidsomstandighedenbesluit), stipulates that every employee entrusted for the first time with work on a Visual Display Unit (VDU) must be offered a suitable health examination of the eyes and sight before commencing the work.

In this context, the University of Groningen offers an eye test to new staff who will be working with a VDU for more than 2 hours per day. The test is carried out by the Health, Safety and Environment Service (AMD). 

What does the eye test involve? 

During the examination, which takes no longer than 15 minutes, the eyes are tested at distances of 40 cm, 60 cm and 5 metres. If abnormalities are discovered, the university nurse will carry out further tests or refer the staff member to the ophthalmologist.

At the end of the examination, the staff member receives advice with regard to wearing glasses. 

The results of the eye test can also be used for comparison if the staff member develops eye problems in the future. 

Applying for a test 

New staff who wish to have their eyes tested can make an appointment with the AMD, tel. 050-363 5534. 

Further information 

Computer screens are usually positioned 50 to 70 cm from the eyes. This is between the position for reading glasses and that for ‘distance glasses’, and can cause problems for a number of people.

In such cases, computer glasses are often recommended.

The University of Groningen has a reimbursement scheme for computer glasses purchased on the advice of the AMD. Members of staff wishing to apply for reimbursement should contact the AMD coordinator for their own faculty or service department. Details of the scheme can also be found at the AMD website (

Last modified:23 September 2020 11.00 a.m.
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