Smart Employee Eyecare (SEE)

From glasses for safety or regular computer use, to eyewear for people who need to drive for work, Smart Employee Eyecare (SEE) provides smart, proactive optical care for your workforce: ensuring complete legislative compliance that is flexible, straightforward and cost effective.

Part of the Duncan and Todd Group, SEE was founded by opticians who know and understand that good employee eyecare is essential for people’s health, wellbeing and productivity, as well as for improving safety and reducing risk at work. That expert knowledge and in-depth industry understanding remains at the heart of SEE, and they have an impressive client list as a result.

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.

Primary services include VDU, Safety and Driver eyecare. SEE also offer onsite services for employers such as screening, on-site testing and wellbeing days.

Why are these services so vital? There are some employment regulations, such as offering holidays and allowing staff maternity leave, which most employers stringently adhere to and wouldn’t dream of falling short of the requirements, with huge fines and demotivated employees among the potential consequences. However, a large majority of organisations ignore or don’t come forward with much of the other employee rights that workers are entitled to – which in turn can lead to hefty fines.

One of these rights is eye care for display screen equipment (DSE) users. A recent survey of over 500 HR decision makers, showed that a massive 73% of employees are not complying to DSE regulations – a breach in employment law that could result in a fine of up to £20,000 for the organisation.

Typical symptoms of DSE related problems include tired and dry eyes, blurred vision, temporary short-sightedness and sore heads. Since 1992, 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.

The benefits to organisations adhering to these regulations include, but are by no means limited to, improved eyesight, comfort and productivity of employees.

42% of workers cited improved health and wellbeing, due to the early detection of illnesses through an eye examination. Something that many organisations are often unaware of. 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.

SEE offer an efficient and cost-effective system to help meet your company’s obligations to DSE regulations. At the core of SEE 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.

SEE voucher holders who require corrective spectacles – whether it be for VDU, Safety or Driver purposes – have the option to choose from the SEE range of frames. Their quality frames come in various sizes, colours and materials, ensuring SEE cater for a variety of patient requirements. Alternatively, employees can choose from the Opticians’ range and receive a discount on the purchase.