Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, gives five top reasons for an employer to have an eyecare policy in place



Employers are legally obliged to provide eyecare for all ‘Screen Users’. There are specific definitions under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations as to who qualifies as a screen user, depending on the time spent at the screen, the regularity of screen work and even the tasks involved. An eyecare policy will help the employer to define exactly who is covered and to what they are entitled.


Regulation 7 of the DSE legislation, Provision of Information, states that employers must tell users they employ about the arrangements they have made to provide eyecare. There is a wealth of communication materials available from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare to make this easier for employers.


Whilst the workplace eyecare required for DSE users is well defined, driver eyecare is less distinct, as there is no specific driver eyecare legislation. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, states that employers have a duty of care surrounding all work activities. This includes when an employee is driving for work purposes. However, the onus is, of course, also very much on the individual driver to meet with road traffic laws and to ensure they are fit to drive. Having a policy in place can help employees to understand where the responsibility lies.


An eye examination can help with the detection and monitoring of many serious health conditions, not just relating directly to the eyes, but also to the rest of the body. Diabetes, risk of stroke, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, brain tumours and many more severe disorders and illnesses can be detected through eyecare. So implementing a corporate eyecare policy can play a key role in the overall health and wellbeing of staff.


More than just meeting with an employer’s obligations, eyecare in the workplace can also provide a valued employee benefit. Available from £17 per employee from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, it is cost-effective and, with the wider benefits to health and wellbeing, also provides incredible value for money.