If an employer is required to pay for special corrective glasses for an employee to use for visual display unit work, is there a limit to how often the employer is required to pay for these?
Under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/2792), employees are entitled to request an eye test if they habitually use display screen equipment (DSE) as a significant part of their normal work. The employer is required to ensure that they are provided with an eye test and to pay for a pair of special corrective glasses if the test shows that this is required specifically for DSE work. If an employee's ordinary prescription is suitable for DSE work, the employer does not have to pay for the glasses.
There is no limit to the number of times that the employer is required to pay for a pair of glasses. It may have to incur this cost again following further eye tests, which it must provide for the employee at regular intervals after the first test. The employer should be guided by the clinical judgment of the optometrist or doctor on the frequency of repeat testing, the requirement for special corrective glasses and any changes to the employee's prescription.