What has working from home done to our vision?

According to one survey in early 2021, more than a third of respondents said their eyesight had worsened since the start of the pandemic. The thought of our current screen time for work and entertainment is a daunting one, and home offices can be less than perfect conditions, often putting new strain on our eyes.

More than ever before, good employee eye care is essential to the wellbeing and productivity of your workforce.

At Smart Employee Eyecare, we help you cater for and manage your eye care with our online portal, allocating our vouchers to employees over email.

Good vision and eye care play a role in your workforce’s ability to carry out their job, hence the importance of regular eye tests. Smart Employee Eyecare’s £25 employee voucher covers the cost of an eye examination and a pair of single vision spectacles, where required for VDU (working with a screen) use. If the employee would like to upgrade to frames and lenses then we will give them £25 off. As an employer, you can top up the £25 discount through an employer contribution: for example, a £25 employer contribution added to the £25 discount will provide £50 discount on glasses for your staff.

Regular eye exams are a vital part of maintaining good visual health, identifying changes to your vision which may present themselves at work, and they are often the only way to discover underlying conditions such as Glaucoma, age-related Macular Degeneration and Diabetes. Since their last eye exam, your employees’ vision may have changed - maybe they’re working from home or at a computer much more than they used to, which might mean they’re using their vision differently. Where before they might’ve worn glasses mainly for driving, now they need to focus on a screen for prolonged periods.

During intense periods of concentration, many people find themselves suffering from eyestrain. This is a common condition encountered when your eyes get tired from prolonged use, such as driving long distances or staring at computer screens and other digital devices. A useful tip we encourage screen users to use is the 20-20-20 rule. This means that every 20 minutes you should take a break from looking at your screen and look at something around 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. The 20-20-20 rule helps reduce eyestrain as you are helping the muscles relax by looking further away.

Our Opticians tell us that they have seen a great increase in people coming to them with dry eyes. When you stare at a computer screen, you blink two thirds less often than normal. Between blinks, your eyes can dry up which can become uncomfortable. To prevent your eyes from drying out, make sure you stay well hydrated, if it persists make sure to ask an optometrist about it as there are drops which can help improve comfort.
Founded by Opticians, at Smart Employee Eyecare we know that good employee eye care is essential for people’s health, wellbeing and productivity. From glasses for regular computer or safety use, to eyewear for people who need to drive for work, SEE provides smart, proactive optical care for your workforce: ensuring complete legislative compliance.

Our easy-to-use portal can be tailored to fit your internal structure. When you request a demo on the Smart Employee Eyecare website - smartemployee-eyecare.com – you’ll see how we build a platform that is right for your organisation. We greatly reduce admin with a simple process from start to finish, so whether your team are working in the office or remotely, you can provide great employee eye care to your VDU workers.
We also offer a helpdesk service that is available Monday to Friday, to provide help and support to your employees in using their eye care vouchers.

Get started with Smart Employee Eyecare today by requesting a demo today.