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Local MP Mark Spencer joins Vision Express to officially open its new optical store at Tesco in Hucknall

Press Release   •   Feb 09, 2018 16:17 GMT

Mark Spencer MP for Sherwood and Vision Express Retail Operations Director with the Vision Express at Tesco Hucknall team

The new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store in Hucknall has officially opened its doors, with a celebration led by local MP Mark Spencer who joined the team’s optical experts to encourage the community to get regular eye tests.

Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, 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 2,000 people are suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is 2.6% of the local population.
  • Over 8,600 people (11.6%) have a heightened risk of developing AMD, due to drusen, yellow deposits under the retina.
  • There are over 8,200 residents (5.7%) living with suspected glaucoma, the silent thief of sight.
  • Over a fifth of adults are smokers in Nottingham, compared to the national average of 15.5% in England. Statistics show people who smoke are at least three times more likely to develop sight conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, than non-smokers.

“Eye health is a growing issue for Nottingham and I would encourage everyone to have regular eye tests and take their vision seriously,” said Mark. “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 Hucknall store manager, Katie Antra, said: “It’s fantastic to have our local MP, Mark Spencer, join the team to officially open our new store and we look forward to welcoming new and existing customers through our doors.

The Hucknall optical store was the first of five ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ stores in Nottingham to launch in the same week, with Patrick Tonks, the CEO of Vision Express charity partner, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), helping to open stores in Beeston, Toton, Bulwell and Top Valley.“With 11.6% 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 Nottingham optical stores are five of more than 200 ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ outlets launching across the UK in 2018, all showcasing a purple-infused rebrand being introduced across the entire Vision Express chain.Patrick said: “Vision Express continues to be a wonderful supporter of CHECT, helping us to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of retinoblastoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. We are delighted to take part in their store openings following the Tesco Opticians acquisition, not least as optometrists are playing an increasingly important role in driving early diagnosis of retinoblastoma, with many parents turning to opticians as their first port of call with any concerns about their child’s eyes.”

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 8,000 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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