Yesterday figures were released by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare which revealed how vital it is that employers look at the health and well-being of their employees and keep it as a top priority, by offering an eye exam.
So far in 2015, 50 lives have been saved because of routine visits to Specsavers Opticians. 100% of them were just popping into their local Specsavers to have their eyesight checked. During the examination each one detected a life threatening condition, all conditions were successfully treated.
Jim Lythgow, head of strategic alliances at Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, says: ‘Virtually every employee is entitled to company-funded eyecare under health and safety regulations. The number of lives saved by routine eye exams just goes to show how vital it is for employers to provide this benefit and for employees to make use of the provision.’
Employees that spend long periods of time at a computer, driving for work, or need PPE for work, should have access to eyecare. Even though some employees feel that their vision itself is not a problem, there are many more benefits to eyecare. Digital retinal screening is an important element in preventative care and allows the optometrist to detect and monitor the many serious illnesses and health conditions, including:
• various heart conditions
• cancers of the eye, such as melanomas
• brain tumours
• high cholesterol
• detached retina
• hypertension (high blood pressure)
Offering the employees eyecare is not only beneficial employees, employers will see benefits of this too as it is estimated that 500,000 working days are lost each year due to heart, blood pressure and circulation problems.
Eye Exam Example
Jonathan Daly went for a eye exam at his local Specsavers Opticians after noticing a rapid decline in his eyesight. He has to drive a lot at night for work so he believed the problem was due to eyestrain. Specsavers optometrist, David Hill, conducted an eye exam and immediately referred Jonathan to hospital, where doctors had found that Jonathan had a brain tumour. Jonathan is now recovering well: ‘My sight is better than three years ago. I can’t thank Specsavers enough.’
There is close to 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss, which is around 1 in 30 and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) predicts that number is set to increase dramatically in the future.
Dr Nigel Best, Specsavers clinical spokesperson, says: ‘A lot of people don’t realise how much we can detect through their eyes. There’s still a relatively low awareness about retinal screening technology, which can be used to detect anything from high blood pressure to diabetes.’
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