As a producer you have access to discount pricing on prescription safety eyewear through the Manitoba Association of Optometrists’ Safety Eyewear Program.
Because the Manitoba Farm Safety Program is administered by Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) but offers safety services to all Manitoba producers, you can take advantage of this particular KAP benefit without being a member of KAP.
Through the program, your discount will be 60-75% off regular price depending on your prescription, choice of frames, lenses/lens treatments etc. Pricing and dispensing fees are set. The doctors take no mark-up.
As an employer do I need to pay for my workers to get their eyes tested every year?
No, however per 6.13(1) of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Healt Act, an employer must provide a worker with approved eye protection that is appropriate for the risk, including but not limited to:
(a) flying objects or particles;
(b) splashing liquids or molten metal;
(c) ultraviolet, visible or infrared radiation; or
(d) any other material, substance or matter.
Will my health insurance cover safety eyewear?
Yes. A receipt will be issued so you can submit a claim to any insurance coverage you may have. Participating optometrists each have their own policies regarding direct billing. Ask the office you are visiting if they offer direct billing and can confirm your coverage.