Smart Employee Eyecare (SEE)

Part of the Duncan and Todd Group, Smart Employee Eyecare (SEE) was founded and launched in 1992 by opticians who know and understand that good employee eyecare is essential for people’s health, well-being and productivity, as well as for improving safety and reducing risk at work.

Passionate about improving the health and well-being of employees across the UK, SEE provides smart, proactive optical care for UK workforces that comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 Act. In addition, SEE can also support you and your employees needs for safety and driver eyecare.

Operating with a network of more than 3,000 specialist GOC-accredited opticians, registered to provide comprehensive corporate eyecare, SEE works with a broad range of sectors and includes brands such as Marks & Spencer, Facebook, BrewDog and The Royal Household.

We caught up with contracts and relationships manager at SEE, Jamie Ramage to better understand why employers should take their employees’ eyesight and well-being more seriously.

Having worked for a number of years with computer screens before beginning my career with Duncan and Todd Group and SEE, I had never before been aware of DSE regulations and the support that companies should be offering.  

However, for almost thirty years, all employers must by law provide an eye test for a DSE user if they request one and, where an eye test shows that an employee needs special glasses prescribed for the distance the screen is viewed at, these should also be paid for by the company.

Backed by these regulations, SEE started in the early 1990s as part of the Duncan and Todd Group. The manufacturing lab in Aberdeen was getting a lot of enquiries from oil and gas companies at the time about prescription safety eyewear and as a result, Duncan and Todd introduced a corporate department to deal with those enquiries.

Soon after, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) also approached us regarding a corporate eyecare scheme. We put a network of opticians together for a voucher scheme that RBS staff could use throughout the UK to make them compliant.

The rest, I suppose you could say, is history.

What is DSE related problems and why do they matter?

Typical symptoms of DSE related problems include tired and dry eyes, blurred vision, temporary short-sightedness and sore heads. Failure to comply with regulations to limit and manage these symptoms, can result in a £20,000 non-compliance bill.

Promoting good eyecare in the workplace can support the overall health and well-being of staff. Not only does frequent eye tests and suitable treatment try and reduce the amount of people that suffer from blurred vision or headaches at work, but the early detection of illnesses can also be picked up through an eye examination.

Although bosses 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 during a trip to the opticians.  A high number of conditions can be detected early and non-invasively. These include potentially serious illnesses like diabetes and cardio vascular disease. Being able to spot these changes early and provide the right treatment can actively reduce and help better manage sick absence at work.

In addition, employers offering and promoting these types of healthcare benefits can recruit and retain the best employees; boosting morale and improving company culture whilst benefiting from a more productive workforce.

In today’s competitive job market, health and well-being packages such as corporate eyecare can make your organisation stand out from the crowd. Many job seekers now look for attractive perks above salary when looking for a role.

What else can SEE offer me and my workforce?

Safety eyecare

SEE has long been associated with a wide range of sectors, and it is this extensive knowledge that keeps them at the forefront of the industry. As well as meeting health and safety obligations, SEE can also provide an innovative and economical way to protect your employees’ eyes from harmful debris and chemicals in high risk environments such as engineering, manufacturing, oil and gas, research environments and more.

Regardless of the operating environment, from workshops, welding, laboratories or heavy industries, SEE has the safety eyecare you need to protect your workforce for less than £50 per eyewear protection. The range includes a choice of metal or plastic frames, which can be tailored to suit your specific risk assessments and organisational policies.

Backed by expert knowledge and vast experience in the supply of industrial and safety eyewear, SEE can provide a reliable and efficient service from order to delivery.

Driver eyecare

Did you know that more than a quarter of road traffic incidents involve someone driving for work? Driver eyecare vouchers from SEE are a clear-cut way to monitor eyesight changes; looking after your staff, protecting passengers and other road users, and proactively meeting your legal obligations.

This service includes a selection of glasses frames to choose from for those who drive for work. This includes everything from motorcycle couriers and cyclists to taxis, buses and long-haul lorry drivers, as well as people who operate forklift trucks and heavy machinery. Driving, like all work duties, comes under health and safety legislation, where employers must minimise risk and ensure the safety of their employees who drive as part of their job.

In order to continue managing driver eyecare, All SEE driver vouchers come accompanied with driver medical reports for Group 1 (Cars and Motorcycles) and Group 2 (Lorries, Buses and HGV's) drivers.

The relevant report will be completed by the optician during the eye examination process and returned to the employee. This report will be returned to you as the employer and provide you with the relevant details required to inform you, if the employee meets the required visual standards to perform their job role.

Simply contact us to provide your staff with driver eyecare vouchers which can be redeemed at any one of the 3,000 specialist GOC-accredited opticians in our extensive network of independent and high street opticians.

How does SEE work for me and my employees?

In the early days of SEE, it was about opticians going to offices and doing everything on-site whereas now it is a user-friendly, voucher-based scheme. Whether that’s an easy to reach high street optician, or the local independent down the road that they’ve gone to for years. We’re proud to offer a choice of opticians. Of the 3,000 opticians signed up to the scheme in the UK, it is split quite evenly between multiples and independents.

At the core of our business is the easy-to-use voucher system, accessed through an online portal. As a registered member of the portal, employers can buy vouchers or safety credits to build tailored vouchers for their employees’ specific requirements: giving you complete control to manage your corporate eyecare budget.

Everyone we speak to praises how easy is to use and the cost-efficiencies of the scheme. We run a ‘no-noise’ contract because we manage everything for them with our online portal. Employers don’t have to answer any questions or deal with queries. It sits within other staff benefits, so they can claim the voucher anytime.

Most clients agree, that if you’re not using it, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Five easy steps to better eyecare

Registration for the SEE eyecare voucher scheme is quick and easy.

Check out the five simple steps below to get you and your employees seeing clearly.

  1. Easy and fast registration
    Employers registers either online or by contacting SEE.
  2. Choose your payment method
    Employer is given access to SEE portal.
  3. Buy, build and assign your vouchers
    Employer assigns relevant voucher to employee.
  4. Choose your own optician
    Employee uses voucher at optician.
  5. Pick your own glasses
    Employee is provided with appropriate corrective lenses.

Join today to become a member and take complete control of managing your corporate eyecare budget.