Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Corporate Eye Care


Under EU Health and Safety Regulations, (901270/EEC Article 9. SI No 44 of 1993 Reg. 32),and the Health and Safety in the Workplace Acts 2004 and 2007 all employers must provide an eye test for those workers who use computers. Companies that fail to provide these tests are liable to a €3,000 fine.

The employer must bear the cost of these examinations and if any spectacles are needed specifically for use with computer equipment, the employer must bear this cost also. We supply the standard spectacle frame at a very reasonable cost.

This regulation includes CCTV monitors and LCD and LED displays. For staff who are new, the employer must provide them with this examination before they start work. These examinations must also be provided on a regular basis (Every 2 years is the recommended time).

D.Mulvey Opticians Ltd. provide on-site eye examinations and spectacles if needed, for computer operators at very competitive rates. We provide certification for insurance and HR Department records in all cases. We can examine your workers on site (in all parts of the country). This allows us to examine all workers at the same time and so minimise disruption to the working day.

If the operator requires frames from our fashion range, they must pay the difference in cost themselves.


As an employer, you have a legal duty of care to your employees. Apart from the fact that it is best Health and Safety practice to provide eye tests for your employees you now have LEGAL OBLIGATION to do so. 

In the event that an eye related claim for damages arises against you, if you have provided these tests to your employees, you will be able to demonstrate that you have complied with the legislation and have acted reasonably. This fact will go a long way to minimising any awards for damages. The Health and Safety Authority are now empowered to levy fines of €3,000 on employers who fail to provide these examinations for their staff.

Another issue often forgotten by employers is that if a new employee joins your staff, after you have had everyone tested and you neglect to provide the test for that new staff member, then you would be seen by the courts as acting unfairly and negligently to that employee. The solution is to have your employees tested regularly (once every two  years would be seen as reasonable).

Disclaimer:: This website does not purport to give legal advice. The above paragraphs are given solely for information. If you have any legal concerns, you are advised to seek help from your solicitor.

Among our corporate clients are:

An Garda Siochana

Radionics Ltd

Canon (Irl) Ltd

Reprographics Ltd

Abbott Laboratories

Irish Medicines Board

Department of Foreign Affairs

Liberty Asset Management

Marsh Management

Office of the Ombudsman


Wicklow County Council

Dublin City Council

...and many more.


Many occupations require perfect colour vision. We carry out colour vision screening for employees using the Ishihara Plate Method as approved by FAS. As part of this examination we provide a written report for employers and course directors. About 4% of the male population and about 2% of females have some colour defect. This can range from mild colour anomalies to (the very rare) complete lack of colour perception (monochromatic vision). 


We advise all parents to have their children screened while still at school. This means that if a defect shows up, this knowledge can help greatly with the child's choice of career. Vocations such as Naval Signals personnel and electricians require full trichromatic (3 colour) vision and it can be very disappointing if a young person sets their mind on a career only to find themselves disqualified because of a defect in their colour vision.


We provide protection for eyes from both chemical accident and high velocity impact using Polycarbonate lenses to BSI standards in specially designed Safety frames. These lenses can be made in Plano or to prescription as needed. We also carry a range of specialist safety frame  solutions. If your company has a need for Industrial Eye Protection we are the ones to call. 

Eye injuries can be very traumatic and disfiguring. In situations where workers are exposed to the risk of a penetrating eye injury (e.g. grinding, welding etc.) it is vital that eye protection is worn. In these cases we advise the use of Polycarbonate lenses. Where chemical injury is a possibility, we advise toughened glass lenses. When the worker has a spectacle prescription, we recommend that the protective lenses be made in that prescription to give optimum vision, comfort and safety. Machine operators whose vision is properly corrected are much less likely to make costly and dangerous mistakes.


We advise on the ergonomic aspect of the use of computer and other equipment.
We also advise on lighting and other general lighting issues.


The Department of the Enviornment now require all drivers and learners to have an eye examination done when applying for a licence. We provide Driver Vision Testing and Certification, stating that the driver is visually fit to drive. This is a requirement for all drivers applying for a licence. There is no obligation for drivers who are already licenced to have their eyes tested but nonetheless, we advise anyone who drives to have their eyes tested once a year.

For a quote for any of these services please email us at dominicmulvey"gmail.comn or telephone us for personal assistance at 0868532931


In today's work environment, good standards of vision are essential. We carry out examinations and certify the visual standards of applicants for all jobs. Depending on the exact visual tasks demanded by the job, different careers require different standards.


The minimum visual standards required by the Aviation Authorities are as follows :-


Uncorrected Vision : No set standard
Corrected Vision : 6/9 in each eye and 6/6 with both eyes together
Colour Vision : Normal Full Colour Vision
Muscle Balance : Normal Muscle Balance
Visual Fields : Full Visual Fields required
Refractive Surgery : Laser surgery to correct visual defects is NOT recommended
Bifocals : Forbidden
Contact Lenses : Gas Permeable Contact Lenses are recommended if vision is stable
Near Vision : Pilots should be able to read N14 with each eye at 1 metre and N5 at 30 to 50 cm


The standards for Air Traffic Controllers are the same as for pilots


Cabin crew need only reach 6/24 in each eye unaided. Spectacles or contact lenses may be worn - Gas Permeable for preference.



Uncorrected Vision : 6/9
Corrected Vision : 6/6 in each eye
Colour Vision : Normal Full Colour Vision
Muscle Balance : N/A
Visual Fields : N/A
Refractive Surgery : N/A
Bifocals : N/A
Contact Lenses : N/A
Near Vision : N/A

As above but uncorrected vision should be 6/6



Uncorrected Vision : 6/36
Corrected Vision : 6/6 in one eye 6/9 in the other
Colour Vision : Normal Full Colour Vision
Muscle Balance : Normal
Visual Fields : N/A
Refractive Surgery : N/A
Bifocals : N/A
Contact Lenses : N/A
Near Vision : N/A


Uncorrected Vision : 6/18
Corrected Vision : 6/6 in one eye 6/9 in the other
Colour Vision : Normal Full Colour Vision
Muscle Balance : Normal
Visual Fields : N/A
Refractive Surgery : N/A
Bifocals : N/A
Contact Lenses : N/A
Near Vision : N/A


Uncorrected Vision : 6/9
Corrected Vision : 6/6 in one eye 6/9 in the other
Colour Vision : Normal Full Colour Vision
Muscle Balance : Normal
Visual Fields : N/A
Refractive Surgery : N/A
Bifocals : N/A
Contact Lenses : N/A
Near Vision : N/A


Uncorrected Vision 6/12 in the better eye
Corrected Vision 6/9 and 6/6

Colour Vision Full Colour Vision is Essential


Uncorrected Vision 6/24 and 6/12

Colour Vision Normal

Visual Fields Normal

1 comment:

  1. Really appreciate information about Corporate Eye Care. the information of polycarbonate lenses and chemical injuries eye.