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Eye healthcare services

Did you know that nearly three quarters (74%)1 of UK adults currently either wear glasses or contact lenses, or have had laser surgery?

Employer funded optical care adds tangible and valued benefits to a large number of employees.

Available from just a few pounds a month, an eye healthcare programme can be designed around an employer’s health and wellbeing strategy, needs and budget.

The right vision cover can improve employee wellness and productivity, while meeting HSE requirements.

Eye examinations can also detect signs of vision problems and health conditions before they advance, increasing productivity and reducing absence for employers.

Through strong relationships with all the leading eye healthcare programme providers, Willis Towers Watson has extensive experience designing, managing and broking eyecare plans for clients large and small.

There are 3 ways we can help you to look after your employees’ eye health:

  • A corporate eye healthcare programme
  • Optical benefits, using a cash plan, to cover every day optical expenses
  • OH assessments and consultancy

How eye healthcare programmes help employers:

  • Helps you to meet your employer HSE requirements for employer duty-of-care DSE (VDU) testing
  • Increases employee satisfaction by providing a popular and well used benefit which helps with everyday eyecare costs
  • Employer-paid or flex options available for employees and family members.
  • Full reporting on employees’ use of a scheme
  • Early detection of other employee healthcare issues

Powerful preventative healthcare

Optical benefits also offer powerful preventative care, with optometrists able to detect emerging health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol —sometimes years before other symptoms appear – via their direct view of blood vessels and arteries in and around the eyes.

Research has shown that opticians have been the first to identity

  • High Cholesterol 62% of the time2
  • Diabetes 34% of the time
  • Hypertension 39% of the time

Occupational Health eyecare services

We also run enablement assessments for sight impaired employees and advise employers on the reasonable adjustments they may need to make, including changes to working practices.  We can also make recommendations on the latest equipment and technology that is available to facilitate this.

The employee gets the benefit of specialist advice to help them form a strategy to help them overcome any impacts the impairment may have on their day-to-day working life.

Want to find out the latest research about eye health? View our infographic 

1 Britain’s Eye Health in Focus 2013, The College of Optometrists
2 Human Capital Management Services. Inc (HCMS) on behalf of VSP, 2013. Study based on 120,000 US employees from various industries

In preparing this material we have relied upon data supplied to us by third parties. Whilst reasonable care has been taken to gauge the reliability of this data, we provide no guarantee as to the accuracy or completeness of this data and Willis Towers Watson and its affiliates and their respective directors, officers and employees accept no responsibility and will not be liable for any errors or misrepresentations in the data made by any third party.

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