The VDT Program is an Occupational Vision Care Benefit that became effective September 1, 1992, in conjunction with the existing Welfare Fund/Union vision care benefits. Employees who meet VDT Program eligibility requirements are entitled to vision examinations, lenses and frames, where necessary, for VDT operation, biennially.
VDT stands for Video Display Terminal. Many City employees regularly spend twenty (20) hours or more per week using Video Display Terminals (VDTs) and as a result, may experience visual symptoms, such as eyestrain. Often, eyestrain can be reduced by simple changes to the work area. For example, screens and copy should be placed side-by-side, slightly below eye level, and screen brightness and contrast should be properly adjusted. In some cases, eyeglasses prescribed specifically for use at a VDT may also be helpful.
Only employees who are entitled to Welfare Fund/Union benefits and are covered by the Citywide contract, which includes Mayoralty, NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), NYC Housing Authority or employees covered by the Management Benefits Fund (MBF), are eligible. Please note that the Department of Education (DOE), City University of New York (CUNY) and Unified Court System employees are not eligible for VDT benefits.
A VDT vision examination is available every twenty-four (24) months, when performed at the same time as a regular vision examination through your Welfare Fund/Union vision care benefit. An employee may obtain an additional pair of corrective lenses and frames for VDT work if the prescription differs from the employee’s standard glasses. Please note that the benefit is available to employees only and not to family members.
To use the benefit, you must obtain a vision care voucher “VDT Occupational Vision Care Program Benefit Authorization Form” from your Welfare Fund/Union (e.g., DC 37, MBF, OSA, etc.).
If an employee has already utilized the Welfare Fund/Union benefit and if it is not otherwise possible to postpone an examination until the regularly scheduled Welfare Fund/Union entitlement, an exception to the policy may be made only once, on an individual basis, to allow the employee to receive VDT benefits. Please contact your Welfare Fund/Union for this exception, if needed. Your Welfare Fund/Union will contact the Office of Labor Relations’ Employee Benefits Program for approval of this request. After this exception, you can only utilize the VDT benefit in conjunction with your Welfare Fund/Union entitlement.
For VDT eligibility information and to obtain a VDT Benefit Authorization Form, please contact your Welfare Fund/Union or your Welfare Fund’s/Union’s Vision Administrator directly. If you would like to receive information or have questions concerning the VDT Program, please contact the Office of Labor Relations’ Employee Benefits Program at (212) 306-7760.
Participating Welfare Funds
|Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 1180 Security Benefits Fund||212-966-5353|
|DC 37 Health and Security Plan||212-815-1234|
|International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 237 Welfare Fund||212-924-7220|
|Management Benefits Fund (MBF)||212-306-7290 or 800-999-5431|
|Organization of Staff Analysts (OSA)||
212-686-1229 or 800-999-5431
|Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 300, AFL-CIO, Employees’ Welfare Fund||718-383-8945 or 212-505-5050 Ext. 0|
|Social Services Employees Union, Local 371||212-777-9000|