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One in four residents revealed to have stroke risk symptoms as Dundee optician hosts award-winning clinic

Press Release   •   Jun 08, 2018 16:11 BST

L-R: ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ Dundee optometrist Marc Funai, Vision Express Dundee High Street store manager Donna Halliday, Susie Bennett and Margaret Mitchell MBE from the Stroke Association and optical assistant Tracy Brough

Local residents targeted in healthcare initiative launching new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store

A drop-in clinic offering Dundee residents a free blood pressure check led to one in four being advised to seek medical attention due to high readings.

The event - part of an award-winning initiative between Vision Express and its charity partner the Stroke Association - was arranged to officially launch the new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store in Dundee.

Held as the UK marked the end of the Stroke Association’s awareness month, Make May Purple, its aim was to raise awareness of the risks linked to high blood pressure, which is the biggest modifiable risk factor for stroke.

Stroke Association volunteering and community manager, Susie Bennett, was on hand to host the clinic and cut the ribbon to mark the store officially open. “It’s been great to join in with the new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store opening celebrations and we’ve had a very positive response to our ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ event.

“Strokes are Scotland’s third biggest cause of death, so I was pleased to see so many people stop by and take an active approach to ensure their health and wellbeing. Having high blood pressure can triple your risk of stroke and heart disease.”

The drop-in clinic comes at an important time as figures indicate a worrying outlook for vision in the area:

  • Over 1,200 people in Dundee are suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Research also shows over 5,700 people have a heightened risk of developing AMD, due to drusen.
  • There are over 5,000 residents living with suspected glaucoma, the silent thief of sight.

Tomanna Dick, ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ Dundee store manager added: “It was great to have Margaret join the team to officially open our new store.

“We had a fantastic day celebrating the opening, and raising awareness of stroke, and it’s great that Vision Express is now in such a convenient location for local residents to drop in. Our store offers something for everyone, at all budgets and we’re looking forward to delivering a personal and thorough vision care service, to both new and existing customers.”

Vision Express’ acquired Tesco Opticians at the end of 2017 and the Dundee optical store is among more than 200 ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ opticians launching across the UK in 2018, showcasing a purple-infused rebrand being introduced across the entire Vision Express chain.

The rebrand 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 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. 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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