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MP Mel Stride visits Okehampton opticians

06 April, 2016
Specsavers in Okehampton welcome local MP Mel Stride
Specsavers in Okehampton welcome local MP Mel Stride

Specsavers staff in Okehampton have championed the important role of eye tests during a meeting with the area’s MP.

Kath Dandy, store director, welcomed MP Mel Stride to the store, along with representatives of the Local Optical Committee and the Optical Federation.

The Member of Parliament for Central Devon attended to learn more about the range of services on offer at the store, including eye examinations and hearing services. During the visit Mr Stride learned about the importance of an eye examination in not only monitoring changes in your eyesight but also detecting sight-threatening conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts and high blood pressure.

Support from local MP

Mel Stride, MP for Central Devon, said: ‘The arguments put forward by the opticians today were very compelling. If people can get a better service, closer to home and if the number of people making GP appointments and visiting A&Es with minor eye conditions is reduced as a result, then the proposals I heard today are worth serious consideration.’

Regular Eye Tests

Kath Dandy said: ‘It was a pleasure to meet with Mr Stride and members of the Local Optical Committee to showcase the important work we do as eyecare providers. ‘We have long been championing the importance of regular eye examinations in our healthcare routines and this opportunity allowed us to bring it to life and the forefront of the healthcare agenda in Devon.’

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