Local MP Toby Perkins joins Vision Express to officially open its new optical store at Tesco in Chesterfield


Vision Express calls on community to prioritise sight, amid reports that over 3,600 local residents are living with suspected glaucoma

The new ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ store in Chesterfield has officially opened its doors, with a celebration led by local MP Toby Perkins who joined the team’s optical experts to encourage the community to get regular eye tests.

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, was on hand to help cut the ribbon on the premises. It is home to sophisticated sight screening equipment that will deliver a thorough eye health service to local residents, as figures indicate a worrying outlook for vision in the region:

  • 900 people are suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is 2.5% of the local population.
  • Over 4,000 people (11.4%) have a heightened risk of developing AMD, due to drusen, yellow deposits under the retina.
  • There are over 3,600 residents (5.7%) living with suspected glaucoma, the silent thief of sight.

“Eye health is a growing issue for Chesterfield and I would encourage everyone to have regular eye tests and take their vision seriously,” said Toby. “I’m 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.”

Vision Express at Tesco Chesterfield store manager, Beverley Simpson, said: “It’s fantastic to have our local MP, Toby Perkins, join the team to officially open our new store and we look forward to welcoming new and existing customers through our doors.

“With 11.4% of the local population at a heightened risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, we’re here to help residents ensure their vision is the best it can be. We have over 100 ways to test your eyes, to assess how they’re working and help detect serious conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and increased risk of stroke. It’s great that Vision Express is now in such a convenient location for local residents to drop in and get this essential health check.”

The Chesterfield optical store is one of more than 200 ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ outlets launching across the UK in 2018, all showcasing a purple-infused rebrand being introduced across the entire Vision Express chain.

The Vision Express re-brand introduces a refreshed logo and striking purple and green colour decor, featuring bright sofas and wooden flooring, delivering 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.

The national home of Vision Express’ laboratory, the Technical Centre currently produces more than one million pairs of glasses a year but following the investment, production capacity is expected to double during 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 over 3,600 locals living with suspected glaucoma, safeguarding sight through regular eye exams with a trusted optician has never been more important.”