Over two-fifths of computer-users are unaware their employer could help them with costs towards eye care, according to a new survey commissioned by sight charity The Eyecare Trust and healthcare provider Simplyhealth for National Eye Week (9-15 November 2009). These findings highlight the need for employers to effectively communicate the support available for employees to help look after their eye health.
James Glover from Simplyhealth says: "Since health and safety legislation came into effect in 1993, employers have had an obligation to protect the eyesight of employees who regularly use a computer screen for periods of over one hour, sometimes less, per day. This includes paying for regular sight tests and glasses if the optometrist prescribes them specifically for computer use. Our research shows that the age group least likely to know whether they are entitled to a sight test is those people entering the workplace for the first time, the 16-24 year olds. The age group most likely to know their entitlements is 25-34 years. Employers should also be aware that there are cash plans, such as those from Simplyhealth that can help cover their duty of care responsibilities, are cost effective and add value to employees' salary package. The Simply Cash Plan enables employees to go for a regular eye test while offering money back, up to an annual limit, on other health benefits such as dental care, and complementary therapies."