Five new jobs have been created at Specsavers in Llanelli following a significant refurbishment to the store.
The number of test rooms at Specsavers on Stepney Street has increased from five to six and a new pre-screening area has been created.
The addition of the three optical assistants, one optometrist and one trainee optometrist, together with the expansion of the retail and waiting areas, will support the increased capacity.
Spanning over three floors, the store now boasts new optical equipment including an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, used to screen for conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, an auto-refractor, used to give an accurate guide to a person's spectacle prescription, and a new tonometer, which measures corneal thickness and pressure, giving a measure of pressure inside the eye to help detect and monitor glaucoma.
‘The investment puts us in an even better position to provide the best service for our customers and has enabled us to enhance the range of optical and audiology services that we deliver,’ says store director, Sue Lewis.
‘We’ve cut waiting times for an appointment and increased staff numbers to make sure that a visit to the store is a personal, professional and efficient experience.
‘When it comes to detecting eye health conditions time really is of the essence. The new equipment helps to ensure that our customers are either treated here at the store or are quickly referred to a hospital-based ophthalmologist, with the overall aim of helping to prevent permanent damage to a person’s sight.
‘We’re really proud of the investments made and look forward to seeing the Llanelli community benefit from the refurbishment.’