The Mayor of Alcester cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the new Specsavers store in Alcester on Saturday 29 June.

Councillor Gillian Forman was joined by the Alcester Court Leet and the Town Crier at the official opening of the store, which is located on the former Post Office site at 36 High Street, Alcester. A group of local Morris dancers also performed on the day, helping to add to the celebrations.

Offering affordable, professional optical and audiology services to the local community, the new store acts as a sister practice to Specsavers in Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s also run by the same directors, Paul Griffiths, Jonathan Belcher and Andrew Eaves, who have more than 70 years’ optical experience between them.

A word from the store director

‘We’re really excited to be here in Alcester,’ said Paul. ‘Our aim is to offer the same level of dedicated clinical eye care and support that we offer in Stratford to the local Alcester community.’

The store has two test rooms on the ground floor, one of which is also fully soundproofed to cater for audiology appointments, which is available one day a week. The latest high-tech optical equipment is featured throughout, including an advanced eye scanning system which helps to detect several eye conditions, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. The Nidek 3D Optical Coherence Tomography machine (OCT) is similar to an ultrasound but uses light instead of sound waves to create a picture from the reflections – in this case, the back of the eye.

OCT scans are additional to the normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store. The cost of the scan (£10) is not covered by the NHS examination.

The store also run eye health clinics, to help people with minor eye conditions including dry eye and red-eye. Anyone experiencing discomfort in their eyes, such as pain or redness, can now visit the store as an alternative to going to their GP or hospital.

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