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Pitfalls removed

15 March 2018

uvex has an solution for companies to avoid the many drawbacks of the optician’s voucher system for procuring prescription safety eyewear for their employees.

uvex’s team will visit the workplace and advise on the most suitable safety prescription lens material based on the hazards posed to employees, which can range from impact to exposure to chemicals. 

The flexible uvex system allows the wearer to go to their most convenient retailer and does not confine them to any one optician chain or location.

The voucher system used by high street opticians and other safety prescription providers is not the simplest way to obtain prescription eyewear. It can be confusing, and often does not offer value for money.

Books of vouchers may be bought and remain unused, necessitating time-consuming applications for refunds. Often the true value of an order is not transparent, as a voucher may have a value of £30, while the order value comes to £35, requiring additional vouchers or part-payment on a credit card. Purchasers are also locked into using one specific optician. 

Many vouchers only cover the value of a basic prescription safety order with CR39 lenses, which do not offer good impact protection and require a UV coating to be added at extra cost.

Upgrading to impact-resistant polycarbonate (EN166F) lenses incurs an additional charge.  To pay for this, it requires another voucher, even if the balance is not for the full value of the voucher, so purchasers could be only using part of a voucher, but still paying the full amount on a credit card.

Polycarbonate lenses have a natural UV filter, extremely important in protecting the wearer’s eyes from harmful rays and preventing eye problems. 

uvex system

The uvex system invoices on an order-by-order basis through the existing PPE provider once the eyewear is received by the employee, so avoids the need to pay upfront or run two different invoicing systems. 

uvex’s simple-to-understand, three-tier pricing structure details prices for single vision, bifocal and varifocal lenses in both polycarbonate and CR39, and for extras such as anti-reflective coatings, transition lenses, or sun glare tints. In this way there are no hidden costs when the employee visits the optician. Approval for any extra costs is always sought before the company is invoiced. 

To find out more, contact your local uvex representative here.

 
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