Yes, but this might change again in future. During the current COVID restrictions, the University has agreed to temporarily allow individuals to use an optician of their choice for DSE related eye tests.
Members of staff are entitled to an eyesight test if they meet the definition of a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) user.
If you are a DSE User, as defined in section 3 of the DSE policy statement, you would normally be asked to attend one of the five nominated opticians in Oxford. The University recognises that for many members of staff it is currently impossible to come into Oxford to visit a nominated optician. In the current circumstances, you may go to a local optician for a DSE related eyesight test, provided you clear this request with your line manager first.
The cost of the eye test should be the basic provision relevant to your DSE use. It does not cover additional tests, such as retina/eye scans, as the guidance to the regulations do not require employers to cover these tests. The University will therefore cover the cost of an eye test up to those outlined in Appendix 4 of the policy statement (e.g. up to £25). The University will also cover the cost of a basic pair of corrective glasses (e.g. up to £75) required specifically for your work with DSE, provided this is specified on the optician's report, which should be passed to the department before the final contribution is agreed.
It should be assumed that the optician’s DSE eyesight test incorporates a check on the intermediate/DSE distance and if the optician felt that corrective glasses are required, they should provide a report/copy of the prescription indicating these are required specifically for DSE use or not. If the spectacles are not specifically for DSE use, then their cost cannot be reclaimed.
If you require further clarification, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Please note, University Central Payments are aware of this arrangement.