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4) What do the regulations say about eye tests?

Although not a legal requirement, sonographers have a clear professional duty to ensure that their eyesight is regularly tested and that glasses/contact lenses are worn if required. Eyesight may deteriorate subtly over a period of time hence the importance of regular testing.  Sonographers are classed as VDU users owing to the considerable time they spend looking at screens while scanning and inputting information onto screens and employers should provide free eyesight tests or allow for re-imbursement of the cost of the test. The employer does not have a legal obligation to permit ‘paid’ time off to attend an eye test. 

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