How to use your Eyecare Vouchers
The Eyecare Voucher Scheme where everyone sees the benefits
Eyecare Vouchers are usually distributed by your employers to make sure you get the proper eyecare you’re entitled to if you work on visual display units (VDUs) or drive for work purposes. They can also be used to pay for prescription safety spectacles.
Research shows that 70% of employees have experienced blurred vision, headaches or migraines as a result of using a computer at work. Clearly, it’s important to look after your eyes – but a survey of UK workers shows that one in five has not had their eyes tested in five years.
Eyecare vouchers are a way of helping you get the eyecare you need quickly and conveniently.
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Please check with your optician that they are still accepting Edenred Eyecare Vouchers before booking your appointment.
Frequently asked questions about Edenred's Eyecare Vouchers
Do I have to pay for my Eyecare Vouchers?
Eyecare Vouchers are a benefit employers must give to employees in addition to their salary.
Using Eyecare Vouchers means you’re never out of pocket – you never have to wait for your employer to reimburse you for an eye test or glasses.What are my employer's obligations?
If you regularly use a VDU at work, your employer has an obligation to pay for your annual eye test and, in some cases, for your glasses.
For them, giving you eyecare vouchers is a simple, quick and cost-effective way of meeting their obligation. For you, it’s convenient and means you’re never out of pocket – 96% of optometrists accept our vouchers, and there’s no money involved when you use them.
Under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulation 1992 you can ask employers to:
- Pay for eye tests at regular intervals
- Pay for glasses if they are specifically needed for VDU work.
Employers also need to provide employees exposed to certain hazards with free safety spectacles.Do I qualify for vouchers?
If you regularly use a VDU as part of your work for periods of over one hour – less in some circumstances – you are covered by the regulations.
Although there’s no legal obligation to provide eye tests for occupational drivers many employers are choosing to do so with Driver Eyecare Vouchers.How much are Eyecare Vouchers worth?
The Edenred examination voucher of £26.95 can be redeemed for an optical assessment. Edenred Spectacle vouchers come in either £75 or £95, which can be redeemed for bifocal, varifocal or basic lenses.
The vouchers cover the cost of basic glasses, but if they don’t fully cover the cost of the pair you want, you can still use them and make up the difference.What are the different types of vouchers?
Eye examination vouchers
Employers are legally obliged to pay for eye tests for employees who use VDUs as part of their work.
The eye examination voucher covers the full cost of a basic eye and eyesight examination at over 96% of UK opticians.
Certificate of recommendationOnce an employee has had their eye examination, a certificate of recommendation will be issued by an optician. The results determine whether you are eligible for a Spectacle voucher, specifically for VDU work.
Employers are legally obliged to pay for glasses that employees need specifically for VDU work.
Spectacle vouchers come in denominations of £55, £75 and £10. The £10 top-up vouchers can be used to cover special prescriptions and the £75 vouchers can be used for bifocal or varifocal lenses.
Safety Spectacle Vouchers
Under health and safety regulations, employers are obliged to provide safety spectacles for employees at risk from certain hazards in the workplace.
Which opticians accept Eyecare Vouchers?
Over 7,500 outlets across the UK accept Eyecare Vouchers including Vision Express, Optical Express and the majority of independent opticians. Please confirm with your optician that they are still accepting Eyecare Vouchers before booking your appointment.Does the legislation cover bi-focal lenses, tinted frames or contact lenses?
No, under the legislation it is only basic single vision spectacles that will be provided.What does the Standard Spectacle Voucher provide?
A pair of basic single vision lens spectacles.What is the difference between Box B and Box C on the VDU Certificate of Recommendation?
Box B would be ticked when the prescription is for general use. Box C is when the general use prescription has a particular requirement or change in the prescription for the middle distance range necessary for VDU work.
How do Edenred Eyecare Vouchers work?
Your employer will give you your Eye examination vouchers either when you ask for them or automatically.
You can then use them to cover the cost of a full eye test with an optician of your choice. Edenred corporate eyecare vouchers are accepted by over 96% of optometrists across the UK.
If you need glasses specifically for VDU work, your employer will give you a Spectacles voucher to cover the cost.
You can then choose the pair of glasses you really want at any opticians where Eyecare Vouchers are accepted.