Eye care: the benefit that pays for itself

This article explores the importance of eye care provision for public sector employers and staff alike, and explains how CCS can help. 

The importance of regular eye tests

An eye examination can do far more than just test visual capabilities. It enables the optician to check the health of the eyes for conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. It also allows them to examine the small blood vessels at the back of the eye. This can aid in the detection of serious health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, tumours and high blood pressure. 

Wellbeing for staff

The early detection of serious health conditions obviously has huge implications for the health and wellbeing of staff. Less serious issues like migraines, headaches and dry eyes can, however, also be detrimental to an employee’s performance at work. By treating such problems, eye care can help improve productivity at work. Research shows that employers believe improved health and wellbeing and productivity are the biggest advantages of workplace eye care. This is stated by 42% and 37% respectively*. 

Obligations as an employer

Under health and safety regulations covering Display Screen Equipment (DSE), employers are required to provide eye care for all screen users. In the modern workplace this is likely to include the vast majority of employees. Under the rulings, employers must offer organisation funded eye tests and glasses, if required solely for screen use.  

Eye care as a benefit

Regardless of whether your employees’ fall under the various health and safety criteria for requiring workplace eye care, it can be of great advantage to all. It can also be a valued employee benefit. 

Although organisations may understand that eye care can assess the optical health of their employees, few are aware of the wider health issues that can be picked up.  

How CCS can help

If you would like to review your organisation’s eye care provision or set up a service for your employees our Occupational Health Services, Employee Assistance Programmes and Eye Care Services framework can help you: 

 

*Research conducted on behalf of Specsavers Corporate Eyecare by Opinium from 17 to 26 July 2018 among a sample of 507 HR decision makers across the UK.