A Lanarkshire MP visited the Specsavers store in East Kilbride to find out more about the work of local optometrists and the importance of attending regular eye health check-ups.

Staff at the store in the East Kilbride Shopping Centre welcomed Dr Lisa Cameron, MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, to mark National Eye Health Week, which ran from 24 to 30 September.

Lisa spoke to optometrist Marianne Gough about the store’s commitment to encouraging people to visit the store for regular eye health check-ups and found out more about LENS, the Lanarkshire Eye-Health Network Scheme, which covers minor eye health conditions including red eye.

Importance of regular checks
Dr Cameron said: ‘As a member of the health and social care select committee in parliament, I must stress that it is extremely important that people visit their local optician for regular eye health checks. An eye exam can help to identify any issues that need to be taken forward.

‘I am delighted that eye tests are free in Scotland as the cost of an eye test itself could be prohibitive to some people.

‘I was very proud to visit the store today and to meet the team.’

Research from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) shows there are already more than 26,790 people with preventable sight loss conditions of AMD, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy in South Lanarkshire, and this figure is expected to climb.

To help with early identification of these conditions, Specsavers in Scotland has invested more than £360,000 in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – hospital-grade eye testing scanners – and staff training to demonstrate its commitment to improving the vision of residents across the country and to tackle the growing problem which comes with our ageing population.

Raising awareness
On her visit, Dr Cameron – who is the SNP spokesperson for mental health and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability – also learned that Specsavers stores across Scotland collectively raised £27,000 for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in memory of Specsavers director Tom Simpson.

Marianne Gough, optometrist at Specsavers in East Kilbride, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Lisa to the store during National Eye Health Week.

‘She took a genuine interest in our work here in East Kilbride and it was great to learn more about what’s involved in her day-to-day job as an MP.

‘National Eye Health Week is fantastic for raising awareness that we’re always on hand to provide help and advice around any eye issues and we would encourage anyone who has any concerns or is due a check up to visit us in the shopping centre.’

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