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Local MP Julian Sturdy officially opens new optical store in York

Press Release   •   Apr 16, 2018 17:00 BST

L-R: Adam Rushden from Vision Express with Julian Sturdy MP and Vision Express at Tesco Clifton Moor optical assistant Dawn Castle

Vision Express calls on community to prioritise sight, amid reports that over 6,400 local residents are living with suspected glaucoma.

The new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store in Clifton Moor has officially opened its doors with a celebration led by local MP, Julian Sturdy – as results indicate a worrying outlook for eye health in York.

Julian, MP for York, was on hand to help cut the ribbon on the premises and joined the store’s optical team to encourage the community to get regular eye tests.

In York, there are over 6,400 residents (5.7%) living with suspected glaucoma, the silent thief of sight. Over 1,500 people are suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is 2.6% of the local population, and over 7,000 people (11.4%) have a heightened risk of developing AMD, due to drusen – yellow deposits under the retina.

“Eye health is a growing issue and I would encourage everyone to have regular eye tests and take their vision seriously,” said Julian. “I’m proud to support this event and raise awareness of eye health amongst my constituents, especially those who drive, with research revealing there are almost 3,000 road casualties a year caused by poor driver sight.

“I know myself how important eye tests are, as I recently visited my local Vision Express and found out I now need to wear prescription glasses or lenses.”

Adam Rushden from Vision Express said: “It’s fantastic to have Julian Sturdy MP join the team to officially open the new Clifton Moor store. 

“We had a fantastic day celebrating the opening and with state-of-the-art examining equipment, the team is looking forward to delivering an individual and thorough vision care service to new and existing customers.”

Vision Express’ acquired Tesco Opticians at the end of 2017 and the York optical store is one of more than 200 ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ outlets launching across the UK in 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 almost 6% of the local population 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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