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RNIB and Accor Services join forces to help employers make staff aware of the need for regular eye tests

This is National Eye Health Week and Accor Services is working with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to help employers communicate the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Accor Services and the RNIB have launched a range of communication tools to let employees know they may be eligible for an eye test. These include payslip inserts, posters, intranet material, newsletter content and email alerts, as well as providing face-to-face support for eyesight awareness events.

Andrew Adams, eye care voucher manager at Accor Services, said: "National Eye Health Week is a great opportunity for employers to show their employees they care.

"Often employees don't realise that if they use a VDU or wear safety spectacles for work they could be eligible for a free eye test to keep their eyes healthy. And with an estimated 1.5 million workers taking time off work for eye-related illnesses, poor eye health could be very costly for British business."

Harry Meade, corporate partnerships executive at RNIB, added: "Every day another 100 people start to lose their sight, yet 50% of sight problems are avoidable. Employers should not miss the opportunity to use Eye Health Week to promote the importance of eye tests."