How much can I claim from my employer for glasses?

Halina Tseng

Published on April 9, 2020, 9:31 am

How much can I claim from my employer for glasses?

If you are an employee who is facing eye conditions that are painful or simply unbearable then you definitely need to consult an optician. However, if you are facing visual discomfort mainly due to your work then you are entitled to a free eye test by your employer. It’s very common among employees to face visual problems that make them feel uneasy and disoriented with work. Maintaining a healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and in order to do that identifying the potential problems among your employees can help to escape various permanent damage. It’s applicable for all the employers who are a DSE user.

What are the common Eye Problems at Work?

Many of our work involves using digital devices such as computers or laptops and using them for more than 2 to 3 hours can cause various visual discomfort. The various eye conditions cause disruption and annoyance in the workflow of the employees while making them feel exhausted. Though we don’t have enough evidence to prove that these several vision discomforts can cause serious or permanent vision loss but is it well known that if not treated on time, it can be a progressive damage. The various visual problems are also known as computer vision syndrome.

What is Computer vision Syndrome?

Computer vision syndrome is frequent eye damage that occurs when any person uses a computer or any other digital device for extended hours.

What is Computer vision Syndrome?

Though the initial problems are comparatively smaller to but quite unbearable for any employees to continue their work in perfection. Here are the common problems listed by various employees:

  • Itchiness in the eyes.
  • Headache and eye strain.
  • Burning sensation.
  • Dry eyes syndrome.
  • Watery eyes or Blurry vision.
  • Feeling of an external particle in the eyes.

What are Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Users?

If you fall under the category of being a DSE user then you are completely entitled for a free eye test. The law for a healthy workplace environment states that if any DSE user asks for an eye test because they are experiencing vision problems then the employers should rightly arrange it. DSE users are office employees who use display screen equipment like monitors or laptops for performing a significant part of their work. The Health and Safety Executive mentions that any employee who is a regular DSE user or works on display screen equipment for more than two-three hours a day then needs a frequent break and right treatment ensuring free eye test and glasses.

What are Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Users?

Does an employer have to pay for eye tests ?

If your work involves operating on a computer or laptop then you are a DSE user hence you have the right to ask for an eye test. Your employer can arrange an eye test at your workplace and they have to also pay for the cost of the eye examination. The optometrist or the optician will be decided by the employer not the employees and hence it becomes the responsibility of theirs to pay the complete fee. All the DSE users can ask for an annual or routine eye test to ensure their good eye health.

Free Eye Test

Does an employer have to pay for glasses?

If the eye test proves that you need glasses in order to protect your vision then it's the employer duty to provide you with the glasses. The glasses are not prescription glasses but computer glasses to suppress any further visual damage to the employees. If you require computer glasses then the complete charge would be paid by your employer. The glasses are not high prescription glasses but rather designed for DSE users.

The cost of the glasses is very basic i.e the cost of the frames and the lenses. If there is any further complication then you can set a fixed limit for the basic of glasses that the employer is willing to pay hence the matter will be communicated easily. If a person wants to buy a particular type of frame that exceeds the limit, then the employer can pay the basic cost while the employee pays the additional charge.

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