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Old 4th Mar 2009, 10:59   #1
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Does your company pay for eye tests/glasses

Just had an eye test, and I need some new glasses. Now I wasn't sure if the company would pay for the glasses as well as the eye test seeing as I need glasses to read and use a computer monitor.

Apparently according to HR they will only do this if I can categorically prove that I only need glasses to read a VDU as is stated in the health and safety regulations.

Which got me thinking, who needs glasses JUST to read a computer monitor? It sounds ridiculous?

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Old 4th Mar 2009, 11:01   #2
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people who are long sighted?
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Old 4th Mar 2009, 11:09   #3
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My company will pay for one eye test a year and for office staff a small contribution to the glasses themselves. It's 38 i think, based on the fact you could get the cheapest nastiest pair for that, you just pay extra to look stylish.

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Old 4th Mar 2009, 11:10   #4
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people who are long sighted?
I am long sighted, however looking on the HSE website it seems they have a case

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I am entitled to an eye test as I work on DSE - how do I get one? And does my employer have to pay for DSE spectacles?
You are entitled to ask your employer to provide an eye test if you are an employee who habitually uses DSE as a significant part of your normal work. This is a full eye and eyesight test by an optometrist (or a doctor). Your employer should arrange for your test and should tell you how to apply. Your employer will only have to pay for spectacles if the test shows you need special spectacles (e.g. ones prescribed for the distance the screen is viewed at). If your ordinary prescription is suitable for your DSE work the employer does not have to pay for your spectacles.

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Old 4th Mar 2009, 11:14   #5
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You just get the opticians to write on your prescription you need them to read a monitor
Job done!

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Old 4th Mar 2009, 11:38   #6
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we just get an annual eye test allowance, no contribution to glasses
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Old 4th Mar 2009, 11:55   #7
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free test and 75 towards eye goggles
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Old 4th Mar 2009, 12:10   #8
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I recently got ****** over by this.

I've always been SLIGHTLY short sighted, within 6 months of my current job using a monitor on a daily basis my presciption pretty much tripled. Had been getting head aches and seeing sparklies at work which is why I requested a eye test voucher.

So this was clearly caused by my current workplace, spoke to them they said unless them optician said they were needed only for VDU work then the business woul not pay a penny. Even tho is plain to see (no pun intended) that the workplace had a direct influence on this they declined to pay anything towards glasses.

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Old 4th Mar 2009, 12:28   #9
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20 toward eye test, but in Scotland its free anyways, and up to 50 for glasses. Just got mine last week, which reminds me, I maybe should be wearing them..

Was about 191.90 in total, reduced to 20

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Old 4th Mar 2009, 12:46   #10
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20 toward eye test, but in Scotland its free anyways, and up to 50 for glasses. Just got mine last week, which reminds me, I maybe should be wearing them..

Was about 191.90 in total, reduced to 20
I don't understand how you got it reduced to 20? You just said you got 20 for the test, then 50 for the specs? That leaves the final reduced price of 121.90.

Or have you made a typo? .

To add, I'm currently getting authorised to have my test/glasses paid for, I think its 20 for the test and 40 towards the cost of specs. I've found a good online store that'll do the specs for me at 70 with anti glare coating, quite good considering the extact same in Boots would cost me 160!

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Old 4th Mar 2009, 12:51   #11
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If I remember rightly it depends on what job you do.

Because I need a computer for my work, my employer has to pay:

For my eye tests.
For my lenses IF the optician feels that my eye sight has deteriated as a result of my job.

My employer does NOT pay for frames as these are classed as a cosmetic features of a medical requirement.

*edit*

And never had a days bother in obtaining these requirements from any of my employers either.

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Old 4th Mar 2009, 12:55   #12
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My employer will pay for and eye test on a yearly (I think) basis if you ask. Not a problem I have as my eyesight has what is defined as a "complex" prescription by the NHS hence I get free eye test anyway ...
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The company that I worked for over the summer paid for me to get prescription safety glasses. They were just to make my life easier, as I had glasses, and overglasses (which they had supplied). I was only working there for 3 months. They also paid for my boss' reading glasses and prescription safety glasses.

If they are refusing to pay for your glasses which you need to do your work, then I'd be pretty peeved if I were you, it shows how much they (don't) value you.
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Old 4th Mar 2009, 13:24   #14
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I don't understand how you got it reduced to 20? You just said you got 20 for the test, then 50 for the specs? That leaves the final reduced price of 121.90.

Or have you made a typo? .

To add, I'm currently getting authorised to have my test/glasses paid for, I think its 20 for the test and 40 towards the cost of specs. I've found a good online store that'll do the specs for me at 70 with anti glare coating, quite good considering the extact same in Boots would cost me 160!
Helps that I also receive NHS and Working Tax Credits, so they shunted the price right down

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Helps that I also receive NHS and Working Tax Credits, so they shunted the price right down
Tax Credit Allowance = 35.50
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Old 4th Mar 2009, 13:56   #16
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My company pays for eye tests and give me up to 75 towards the cost of glasses.

Hmmm ive not had eye test since i was 14 mind

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if using a VDU is part of your job then by law they have to put towards them, i think its around 55 towards glasses and will pay for yearly eyetests

(edit: there may be something about how long u use a VDU mind i cant remembeR)

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if using a VDU is part of your job then by law they have to put towards them, i think its around 55 towards glasses and will pay for yearly eyetests

(edit: there may be something about how long u use a VDU mind i cant remembeR)
Afraid not

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Your employer will only have to pay for spectacles if the test shows you need special spectacles (e.g. ones prescribed for the distance the screen is viewed at). If your ordinary prescription is suitable for your DSE work the employer does not have to pay for your spectacles.

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additionally, its only if you JUST need the glasses for VDU, as determined by the obtician, if you wear glasses 24/7 they dont have to do anything

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Afraid not
just saw ur post and is what ive put above sorry didnt explain this before. Again its only if you need glasses sopecifically for VDU use, not for everyday use

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additionally, its only if you JUST need the glasses for VDU, as determined by the obtician, if you wear glasses 24/7 they dont have to do anything
Correct It doesn't matter to me anyways, as I work in an opticians and get a free eye test and specs anyways


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free test and 75 towards eye goggles
If they are classed as essential safety equipment then your employer has to provide them for free I think.

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Im sure you are entitled to a free eye test (which I have had) if you use a VDU a set number of hours or summin, nothing to glasses though.

PLEASE READ THE SIGGY RULES IN THE FAQ!!
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Tax Credit Allowance = 35.50
Right, looking at the receipt:-


Eye test 36.00
Frames 125.00
Ultraclear coat 30.00

-nhs test -36
-tax credit -35.50
-s/s hs disc -49.50
-company -50

- 20.00



Think i got money off the frames as well (49.50??)

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Free test every year, and you buy your own specs if needed.

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NHS..

I think i get 50 toward glasses and free eye test..


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Im sure you are entitled to a free eye test
Depending on location eye tests are free anyway. We in Scotland get free tests and think I recall Wales being the same?
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Right, looking at the receipt:-


Eye test 36.00


HOW MUCH FOR AN EYE TEST? Mine was 20 in spec savers.

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im short sighted and without glasses i'd be about 15-20cm away from the screen otherwise >.<
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If you require the use of glasses to do your job, you are entitled to a free eye test / money toward a pair of glasses.

If you require safety glasses as part of your PPE, for your job; these must be provided free of charge by the employer.

There are special glasses for people who look at monitors (narrow field of view etc), so you may be able to go to Specsavers and pick out a pair, but it's dependant on your company's policy regarding paying toward them.

I wear glasses, and they (the company) pay for the eyetest but as I don't require safety glasses I have to buy my own frames etc.


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