Vision Express

Robert Halfon, MP and a Local International Glaucoma Representative Officially Open Vision Express in Harlow

Press release   •   Jun 08, 2015 13:19 BST

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and Subash Suthar, Business Development Manager for the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) were guests of honour at the official opening of the Vision Express store in the Harvey Centre in Harlow, on Saturday. The Vision Express Harlow store has been on the same site for 15 years and has re-opened after refurbishment.

Subash Suthar was officially representing the IGA, a nominated charity of Vision Express, with his visit marking the collaboration between Vision Express and the IGA to raise awareness of glaucoma in advance of activity throughout Vision Express stores during 8th to 14th June for National Glaucoma Awareness Week. Pictured here from left to right is Joint Manager of Vision Express Harlow, Sharon Whitelock, Robert Halfon, MP, Vision Express staff member Justin Baptiste, Subash Suthar, Vision Express staff member Richard James and Joint Manager of Harlow Vision Express, Sharon Man.

Subash Suthar, who is trained in ophthalmology, worked for multinational pharmaceutical companies as a Clinical Specialist before joining the IGA. He helps to create educational programmes for glaucoma patients that allow them to understand the condition and its treatment. He also drives membership programmes for the IGA and gives presentations to specialist nurses at training days. Subash met with Vision Express Harlow’s newest optometrist, who has a glaucoma certificate and also works at the local eye unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, dealing with glaucoma.

Subash said: “I was delighted to help open the Vision Express store in Harlow and to help to raise awareness of glaucoma, especially as next week is National Glaucoma Awareness Week.”

Robert Halfon, MP, commented, ‘I have been a customer of Vision Express in Harlow for over eight years and the quality, value and service is exceptional. Time and time again, they have given me the best solution in terms of my sight. For this reason I was incredibly proud to open the refurbished store and thanks all the staff and Vision Express for providing a second to none service for Harlow residents.’

Joint Manager of Vision Express Harlow, Sharon Whitelock, said: “We were delighted that Subash and Robert took the time to help us launch our new look store. It was really interesting to learn more about glaucoma and the work of the IGA. We’re very excited to be opening our new look store. Our Harlow team has many years of experience looking after eye care in the community and we are looking forward to continuing to offer a high level of service including comprehensive sight tests, sophisticated eye health screening equipment and a wide selection of frames in our newly refurbished store.”

Vision Express offers an eye examination to best practice guidelines of the College of Optometrists (COO), with each Vision Express optometrist being a qualified health professional and registered with the General Optical Council. To book an eye test, visit the Vision Express store in Harlow, or call 01279 410 346, or visit

About Vision Express

Vision Express has over 390 stores nationwide and continues to maintain its position as one of the leading and most trusted opticians in the UK and Ireland.

Since its conception in 1988, Vision Express has gone from strength to strength, focusing on customer service in order to provide the best individual optical care and deliver the best service, the right product and great value. Vision Express has a vast range of genuine designer brands and the latest technology lenses, through to complete glasses from £39.

As part of it commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring optical retailer, Vision Express has partnered with a selection of healthcare charities which have touched the lives of Vision Express customers and teams.

These organisations provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charitable Foundation and include:

  • Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT)
  • International Glaucoma Association
  • Macular Society
  • Stroke Association
  • Temple Street University Hospital.

To find out more about the Vision Express Charitable Foundation please visit: