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Vision Van returns for Macular Week

The Vision Express Vision Van arrived at Wimbledon to highlight the importance of regular sight tests to tennis fans

Woman selects frames

Vision Express has pledged free sight tests to members of the public during Macular Week this week (27 June–3 July). In doing so it hopes to "encourage more people to take their vision seriously and ensure that cost is no barrier."

Macular Week is hosted annually by the Macular Society and is designed to increase public awareness of macular conditions and the importance of looking after your eyes. It also aims to highlight the importance of research funding, which the charity believes could eventually lead to a cure for macular disease.

Vision Express’ well-known mobile testing unit, the Vision Van, arrived in Wimbledon Park yesterday (27 June) offering free eye tests to the public. It will now make stops in Brighton, Gloucester, Sheffield and Liverpool.

As the Vision Van takes to the road during the annual awareness week, the multiple aims to highlight the importance of sight tests in detecting age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Those who are unable to visit the Vision Van as it makes stops across the UK this week are encouraged to download a free eye test voucher online that can be redeemed in Vision Express practices across the UK.

Vision Express CEO, Jonathan Lawson, said: "While there is no outright cure for AMD, it can be managed and outcomes improved if detected early enough, which is why we’re offering free sight tests so everyone can get checked out."