Vision Express used its Vision Van to drive home the importance of regular sight tests during World Glaucoma Week (6–12 March).
The multiple used the opportunity to highlight that an eye examination is “the best way to spot glaucoma, which has no obvious symptoms and is thought to go undiagnosed in more than half of cases,” it said.
The van, which acts as a mobile testing facility and offers free eye examinations to members of the public, stopped in five locations during the week, including Nottingham, Bristol, Reading, Birmingham and Truro.
The multiple also gave out vouchers for free sight tests at one of its practices across the UK.
Of those tested during the initiaitve, 70% required a new prescription. Head of professional services at Vision Express, Omar Hassan, commented: “The large proportion of people visiting the Vision Van who either needed a new prescription or told us they hadn't had an eye test for a long time – coupled with NHS figures showing a drop in eye test rates – is alarming.”
Mr Hassan added: “An eye test is not only the best way to spot vision problems and glaucoma, but it can also indicate potentially serious health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and increased risk of stroke.”
Vouchers for free sight tests can be downloaded from the multiple’s website until Friday (18 March).