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Local MP Jessica Morden supports Vision Express as it opens new optical stores in Newport

Press Release   •   May 16, 2018 18:30 BST

Vision Express at Tesco Newport Spytty optical assistant Emma Nation with MP for Newport East, Jessica Morden.

Newport residents are benefiting from two new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ stores, which have officially opened their doors with a celebration led by local MP, Jessica Morden.

As MP for Newport East, Jessica was invited as guest of honour to the opening of the new Vision Express store on Spytty Road, to help cut the ribbon on the premises. A second ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store has also opened in the nearby Harlech Retail Park.

In Newport, over 4,800 residents are living with suspected glaucoma, the silent thief of sight. More than 1,100 local people are suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), with over 5,100 people having a heightened risk of developing AMD, due to drusen - yellow deposits under the retina.

''Eye health is a growing issue in Newport and I would encourage everyone to have regular eye tests and take their vision seriously,” said Jessica. “It’s great to see the store in a convenient location for local residents.”

Vision Express at Tesco Newport Spytty optical assistant Emma Nation, said: “It’s fantastic to have our local MP, Jessica Morden, join the team to officially open our new store and we look forward to welcoming new and existing customers through our doors.

“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 an accessible area for local people to drop in and get this essential health check.”

The Newport stores are two of more than 200 outlets launching across the UK in 2018, following Vision Express’ acquisition of Tesco Opticians at the end of last year. The national optical retailer is also offering further vision expertise to Risca residents, after opening a new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store on Newport Road.

The new stores showcase a purple-infused rebrand being introduced across the entire Vision Express network, which features a refreshed logo, striking purple and green colour décor, bright sofas and wooden flooring, delivering a modern, inviting and vibrant environment to encourage customers to feel at ease.

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 convenient locations to residents. With almost 5,400 people in the area at risk of AMD, safeguarding our 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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