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Local MP Andrew Bridgen joins Vision Express at Tesco to officially open its new optical store in Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Press Release   •   Feb 13, 2018 11:41 GMT

L-R: Vision Express optometrist Kunal Patel, Andrew Bridgen MP for North West Leicestershire and Jay Ghadiali, Vision Express director of professional services

The new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store in Ashby-de-la-Zouch has officially opened its doors, with a celebration led by local MP Andrew Bridgen who joined the team’s optical experts to encourage the community to get regular eye tests.

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, was on hand to help cut the ribbon on the premises. It is home to sophisticated sight screening equipment that will deliver a thorough eye health service to local residents, as figures indicate a worrying outlook for vision in the region:

  • Almost 700 people are suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is 2.3% of the local population. Research also shows over 3,200 people (11%) have a heightened risk of developing AMD, due to drusen – yellow deposits under the retina.
  • There are over 3,000 residents (5.6%) living with suspected glaucoma, the silent thief of sight.

“Eye health is a growing issue for North West Leicestershire and I would encourage everyone to have regular eye tests and take their vision seriously,” said Andrew. “I’m proud to support this event and raise awareness amongst my constituents, especially those who drive, with research revealing there are almost 3,000 road casualties a year caused by poor driver sight.”

Vision Express at Tesco Ashby-de-la-Zouch store manager, Thomas Matthew Yates, said: “It’s fantastic to have our local MP, Andrew Bridgen, join the team to officially open our new store and we look forward to welcoming new and existing customers through our doors.

The Ashby-de-la-Zouch optical store is one of more than 200 ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ outlets opening across the UK in 2018, all showcasing a purple-infused rebrand being introduced across the entire Vision Express chain.“With 11% of the local population at a heightened risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, we’re here to help residents ensure their vision is the best it can be. 

We have over 100 ways to test your eyes, to assess how they’re working and help detect serious conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and increased risk of stroke. It’s great that Vision Express is now in such a convenient location for local residents to drop in and get this essential health check.”

The Vision Express re-brand introduces a refreshed logo and striking purple and green colour decor, featuring bright sofas and wooden flooring, delivering a modern, inviting and vibrant environment to encourage customers to feel at ease.

Vision Express acquired Tesco Opticians at the end of 2017. In preparation for the expected increase in demand for frames prompted by the acquisition, a £1.5 million investment has been made at Vision Express’ Nottingham-based Technical Centre.

The national home of Vision Express’ laboratory, the Technical Centre currently produces more than one million pairs of glasses a year but following the investment, production capacity is expected to double during 2018.

Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson added: “This is a hugely exciting time for the Vision Express family, and we’re delighted to welcome new team members to the company, and provide a seamless eye health service to former Tesco optical customers.

“Crucially, we’re pleased to now be able to offer our vision expertise in a convenient location to residents. With over 3,000 locals living with suspected glaucoma, safeguarding sight through regular eye exams with a trusted optician has never been more important.”

About Vision Express

Vision Express is one of the largest optical retailers in the UK and part of GrandVision, the global leader in optical retail operating in more than 40 countries, spanning over 6,500 stores and online.

With almost 600 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Built on a passion for the profession, it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best individual optical care, the right product and great value. Customers can select from a vast range of genuine designer brands and the latest technology lenses, through to complete glasses from £39.

With around 6,000 employees, Vision Express makes a significant difference to the communities it operates within, and the organisations it chooses to support. As part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, Vision Express is proud to partner with a range of healthcare charities, which have touched the lives of customers and teams. These companies provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charity Project and include:

  • Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT)
  • International Glaucoma Association
  • Macular Society
  • Stroke Association
  • Temple Street University Hospital
  • Brake

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