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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 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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