Some workplaces require vision screenings or examinations to ensure that employees have the minimum level of functioning needed to successfully carry out specific tasks in the workplace. These screenings can take place upon employment (when or before the employee begins work) and periodically throughout their career.
Vision screenings of a new employee can provide both the company and the worker with important information. Based on the findings, the worker can be placed in a position for which they are best suited, according to his or her visual skills. Additionally, the screening can detect previously undiagnosed diseases or refractive errors. Identifying and correcting even the smallest refractive error can potentially increase a worker’s efficiency and therefore the company’s productivity.
Initial testing should include visual acuity, color vision, binocular interaction, refractive error, and possibly visual fields. Results from these tests (and possibly tonometry and other ocular health tests that may be performed) can help with proper placement and aid in documenting the employee’s visual functioning upon entering the workplace. The visual tests should be performed with the worker’s present prescriptions to ensure that visual functioning is sufficient at all working distances required for their position.
Like with comprehensive screenings, it’s recommended that occupational vision testing should occur yearly to allow the employer and occupational optometrist to track any changes in visual function or ocular health that could affect either the safety or eye health of a worker and impact their efficiency.
Our doctors at Prairie Eye Care in Winnipeg can conduct any required testing and complete any required paperwork or vision screening forms that are needed.
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