Too many UK workers remain unaware of their employee benefits entitlements if they operate a computer for prolonged periods.

Leading optometrist Daska Barnett believes that more needs to be done to promote free eye tests offered by firms.

Staff who are required to stare at a monitor all day can get their eyesight checked out and their company is obliged to pick up the bill.

“People just don’t necessarily appreciate the symptoms that they have and that the cost of an eye examination will be covered by their employer,” she remarked.

This follows research conducted by Eyecare Trust and Simplyhealth, which showed that 40 per cent of respondents were not clued up on the perks.

Meanwhile, the study also indicated that many workers are potentially damaging their sight, as just one in five take sufficient breaks when utilising a computer, even though 90 per cent admit to suffering from screen fatigue