Eyecare

Eyecare

Maintaining your employees’ eye care is not just important for their wellbeing and productivity, it can also be a legal requirement. Under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations, 1992, if your employees need to use visual display units (VDU) such as computer screens as part of their job, employers have a legal obligation to pay for eye examinations and meet the cost of any spectacles necessary for VDU work.

Whitby & Co – our own optometry practice – has a well-established 25-year reputation as one of London’s leading independent opticians, and is known for the same principles of clinical excellence. With our experienced and well-qualified optometrists, you can be certain your employees will be in excellent hands.

If your employees should need prescription spectacles, our dispensing opticians will be on hand to offer guidance and practical advice. We have our own optical lab, for fastest turnaround. And if your glasses ever need to be adjusted or fixed, you can simply drop into the clinic whenever convenient, and one of our dispensing opticians will do this for you straight away.

Protect your employee's eye with annual examinations

Aside from VDU users, who else would benefit from this service?

Eye examinations are essential for everyone as eye health can deteriorate with age and can be subtle at first

Not every company is legally obliged to provide eye care services but it is a nice healthcare benefit to provide employees with. Anyone who is reliant on good eyesight would benefit from this service.

Do you accept Edenred eye examination vouchers?

Yes, we accept Edenred eye examination vouchers which you can provide your employees directly.

In this case, you would supply your employees with their vouchers and they can book their eye examination with us. For it to be valid, they must remember to bring their voucher with them to their appointment.

How do I arrange this service?

If you think your employees would benefit from this service, please fill out the enquiry form below and one of our corporate business managers will contact you.

They are there to answer any questions you may have, offer advice and organise the service for you.

What does an eye examination entail?

An eye examination involves a series of tests used to assess your vision and eye health.

This usually involved various instruments and pieces of equipment. Each test evaluates a different aspect of your vision and eye health.

How do VDUs impact the eyes?

Frequent use of a VDU for extended periods of time can cause

  • Headaches
  • Eye strain
  • Eye tiredness
  • Discomfort
  • Temporary short-sightedness

These can negatively affect your eyesight and annual check ups are recommended.

Can you fix broken glasses?

Yes, we have a team of dispensing opticians who can help with broken spectacles.

In most cases we are able to fix them whilst you wait. If however the damage is excessive, then we may need to send them off to be fixed. We will keep you informed every step of the way. Sometimes it’s more cost effective to purchase a new pair of glasses. If that is the case, we have ample styles and brands available.

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    FAQs

    Unfortunately not. This is because the optometrists need all of their equipment and machines that are set up in the clinic in order to carry out an comprehensive eye examination.

    Regular eye examinations are important because eyesight can change quite quickly and it’s important to ensure that you are wearing the correct prescription spectacles if you need them. Eye examinations also look at the overall health of your eye as well as indicators of your whole body health such as diabetes and heart health.

    No. Employers have to pay for the eye examination and also for spectacles if the tests reveal that the employee needs spectacles specifically for VDU use.

    Yes, you can find more information about private eye care for individuals here.