As the UK marks National Glaucoma Awareness Week local people at risk of the sight-stealing condition are benefiting from a new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’
It opened its doors last week with a celebration led by Hastings Mayor, Councillor Nigel Sinden.
Research indicates a worrying outlook for eye health in Hastings with over 3,000 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 indicates half are undiagnosed.
Cllr Sinden was guest of honour at the opening of the new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store on Church Wood Drive and joined 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 Nigel.
“I am proud to support this event and raise awareness of eye health amongst our community, especially those who drive, with research revealing there are almost 3,000 road casualties a year caused by poor driver sight.”
The Hastings 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.
The re-brand features bright sofas and wooden flooring, offering a modern and vibrant environment.
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 to residents. With more than 3,000 people in the area living with suspected glaucoma, safeguarding our sight through regular eye exams with a trusted optician has never been more important.”
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