A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) mandates that companies pay for and require glasses or contact lenses for employees who work in front of screens.
The ruling refers to the case of a Romanian worker who sued his company after his prescription glasses were replaced. The reason is that his eyesight had deteriorated due to spending more hours in front of the computer.
This professional was paid 530 euros for new glasses, Soon after, he asked the company to pay him the amount, but the company refused, so the employee opted to file a complaint.
The case passed through various judicial instances in Romania until reaching the CJEU. The European Court of Justice has ruled that the company has to pay for the glasses and this sentence has established jurisprudence.
,Reimbursement by the employer of the cost of purchasing a special corrective device is in accordance with the purpose of Directive 90/270Since it guarantees a high level of protection of the safety and health of workers,” the ruling explains.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’re probably wondering if the company can pay for them. The truth is that this payment will be made only in certain cases.
Next, it’s explained When do you have the right to have the company pay for your glasses or contact lenses?
These are the cases in which the company has to pay you for glasses or contact lenses
Companies are obligated to provide workers with special corrective equipment. This includes glasses or contact lenses. However, it is not that simple that they give it to all the employees.
To do this, it must be demonstrated that the glasses are medically necessary and that they “effectively serve Correct vision disorders related to your work and do not correct vision problems of a general nature which are not necessarily related to working conditions”, according to the sentence itself.
The first step for workers is to get regular eye exams. When a defect is found that may have been caused by the work, the company may be obligated to pay for the glasses or contact lenses.
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The sentence also emphasizes that the Romanian worker was exposed to a screen with the visible light turned off. and that his office lacked natural light. These aspects played in his favor for paying the amount of glasses.
In short, the company will only pay you for glasses if you can demonstrate that your vision has been impaired due to work, and that said equipment is also necessary to perform your tasks. A medical report detailing the deterioration of your vision will help you qualify for this entitlement.
In any case, if you work with screens you should follow some tips to take care of your eyes, such as taking necessary breaks, using goggles or enjoying the outdoors and the sun more often.