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Portsmouth MP is guest of honour at opening of new optician

Press Release   •   Jun 08, 2018 16:23 BST

Penny Mordaunt MP with the ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ Portsmouth optical team. L-R: Sharon Wells, store manager David Greenwell, Tom Cole, Penny Mordaunt MP, Alex Cole and Storm Bryant

‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store launches as national optical retailer calls on locals to prioritise sight during National Glaucoma Awareness Week (4-10 June 2018)

As the UK welcomes National Glaucoma Awareness Week (4-10 June), Portsmouth residents at risk of the sight-stealing condition are benefiting from a new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store, which has officially opened its doors with a celebration led by local MP, Penny Mordaunt.

Research indicates a worrying outlook for eye health in the Portsmouth area as almost 6,200[1] residents are living with suspected glaucoma, the silent thief of sight. One of the biggest causes of preventable sight loss worldwide, glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions in which the main nerve to the eye (the optic nerve) is damaged. This nerve carries information about what is being seen from the eye to the brain and, as it becomes damaged, vision is lost. An estimated 600,000 people in the UK have glaucoma, yet research[2]indicates half of those are undiagnosed.

As MP for Portsmouth, Penny was invited as guest of honour to the opening of the new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store on Clement Attlee Way, to help cut the ribbon on the premises and join the optical team in encouraging members of the public to prioritise their eye health.

“Eye health is a growing issue and I would encourage everyone to have regular eye tests and take their vision seriously,” said Penny. “I am 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.”

The Portsmouth optical store is one of more than 200 ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ outlets launching across the UK in 2018 and showcases a purple-infused rebrand being introduced across the entire Vision Express chain. Another store has also opened nearby in Havant on Solent Road.

The re-brand delivers a refreshed logo and striking purple and green colour decor, featuring bright sofas and wooden flooring, offering 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.

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 just under 6,200 people in the area living with suspected glaucoma, safeguarding our sight through regular eye exams with a trusted optician has never been more important.”

[1] National Eye Health Epidemiological Model

[2] 2012: College of Optometry; Quant Research; Britain’s Eye Health in Focus 2013

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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