Companies that test vision should get lower insurance, survey finds

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Nearly three-quarters of employers believe organisations that encourage their drivers to take regular eye examinations should benefit from lower insurance premiums.

Research by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare found that 71% of ­employers believed company insurance premiums should go down if they could prove their employees had recently passed a full eye examination and sight test.

For insurers, offering eyesight tests as part of the driving insurance policy could also make a policy more attractive to an employer, the research found.

Nearly three-quarters of employers said that if their staff were offered a free full eye examination and sight test as part of a company driving insurance policy, this would be a major deciding factor in choosing that particular insurance company, as long as the cost was still competitive and in line with prices in the rest of the sector.

Jim Lythgow, director of strategic alliances for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: “We believe that drivers who have good eyesight are safer than those who don’t.

“If insurance companies can encourage employers to test the eyesight of their staff that drive, then this must be a good thing.”

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