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    20:20 Vision

    The whole family went for eye tests today. Out the 5 of us, I'm the only one with perfect vision.

    Who said staring at a computer screen all day and TV all night was bad for your eyes

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    Congrats.

    (Now, time to pop your eyes out for their usb charge.)

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    Maybe you should be questioning them about what other things they've been doing that are bad for their eyesight.

    For the record, mine has only been 20:20 since the laser surgery. Prior to that I'd been wearing glasses since age 8 for short-sightedness and astigmatism.

    Edit: Since writing that, Google ads are now showing at the top for the very company I had it done by!
    Last edited by AngryTechnician; 17th January 2009 at 08:22 PM. Reason: Amusing Adsense

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    Google AI.

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    Ahhhhhh don't I keep on having to slow down to read road signs. I guess it's just part of my rapid decent towards 30 (the first symptom being the discovery I couldn't mix my drinks on a work night). Oh well, I still have a better hair line then my younger brother.

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    Wifey and I are going for eye tests next week as we're both struggling to read very very small type in poor light. She reckons her eyes are better than mine and wants a bet. I said if she wins I give her a tenner, if I win I get a new laptop.

    Can't understand what she's making a fuss about now

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    I had that as well, recently. Hadn't been for an eye test for about 5 years and thought it was about time. Quite surprised that I came back with 20:20 vision. Pleased, though.

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    I used to get terrible headaches about 10 years ago, then for a laugh I put my mates glasses on as he took them off and I could not believe the difference, it was as if someone had just cleaned my eyes with Windowlean. The difference was incredible.
    So off I went the next day to the Opticians and had an eye test. The nice Optician asked if I drove a car and I replied yes and she shuddered........
    Anyway that was about 9 years ago - I don't like the idea of laser treatment so will stick to glasses. Both my boys have them too [ both needed eye ops when they were young ] so it must be something in the family.
    Problem with kid's glasses is the constant trip to the Opticians to get them fixed etc.....

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    A few years back I realised that I was getting home with headaches most days. I reminded our Safety Elf about the Display Equipment regulations requirements for eye tests on the company and off I went.

    Yep, reading glasses, and a great help they are too.

    Free eye tests

    Studies haven't shown a link between VDU use and damage to eyesight, but if you feel that using a VDU screen is making your eyes tired, tell your employer or employee safety representative.

    You have the right to a free eyesight test if you use, or are about to use, a VDU a lot during work hours. You can also get more free tests if recommended by the optometrist.

    If you're prescribed glasses to help you work with a VDU, your employer must pay for a basic pair of glasses, provided they're needed especially for your work.

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    eye tests are free for everyone in scotland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    A few years back I realised that I was getting home with headaches most days. I reminded our Safety Elf about the Display Equipment regulations requirements for eye tests on the company and off I went.

    Yep, reading glasses, and a great help they are too.
    Eye tests are free anyway? Or does the company have to provide some different test?

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    Eye tests aren't free for some of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    Eye tests aren't free for some of us!
    Why not? The law states that they are, if you use a 'VDU' as a regular part of your job.

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    Yes, that's the point Andrew_C was making and I couldn't then understand why grumpy_git was implying they were generally free regardless.

    I then, badly worded implied that they weren't free (and should have said unless you use the VDU and have your work pay for it ...).

    Either that or I'm entirely lost and need a new pair of glasses =)

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    I believe they are free for everyone - I have certainly seen a large poster in my local opticians saying that eye tests were now free to all, funded by the NHS.

    Hence, why I was confused that an employer should pay for them, if they were free anyway!

    However, this might just be something funded by my local NHS trust...

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