On Friday, 23rd March I officially opened a new Vision Express store located inside the Tesco in the Weston Favell Shopping centre.
The opening of a new store comes after Vision Express recently acquired Tesco Opticians in the UK and Ireland and therefore Tesco Optician stores will be replaced by Vision Express stores – a move I am told will mean that the company will have 6,000 employees and around 600 stores across the UK and Ireland. I welcome the opening of this Vision Express store as I do with all investment that comes into our town.
High quality optical service is important; recent research tells us that around 50% of all sight loss is preventable, but some people are still not having regular eye tests. This is a major problem as it is expected that almost 3,000 road casualties a year are caused by poor driver sight.
It is important that, where possible, people can be quickly diagnosed and treated for sight-related issues and I hope the increased provision of high quality optical services can help to address this issue.