The Eastwood community will benefit when a new Specsavers store celebrates its grand opening early next month. The store at 99 Nottingham Road opened its doors in December, creating several new jobs for local people. It has a team of experienced optometrists to ensure that the community receives expert eyecare and audiology care with the best service possible.

Regular monitoring

Specsavers recommends that everyone should have their eyes tested every two years, or more frequently if recommended by an optician. Regular tests are not just a prescription review, they are also an important overall check-up to monitor the health of the eyes over time and pick up any underlying problems before they become a major issue.

Specsavers also recommends an annual hearing test for anyone aged over 55, as we are more likely to suffer from hearing problems as we get older. In many cases patients don’t realise there is a problem as changes usually occur gradually over time.

The qualified team at the Eastwood store have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that each test is comprehensive, professional and efficient.

A specialist team

The team includes some familiar faces from Nottinghamshire stores, including director Krishna Parmar from Ilkeston, Beeston and Long Eaton, who has more than 30 years of experience within the Specsavers Group, and will be at the helm of the business. Alongside Krishna is optometry director Amisha Parmar, also from the Ilkeston, Beeston and Long Eaton stores.

Lis Brown will be a new face joining the optometry team. Originally from South Africa, Lis qualified as an optometrist in 1992 and moved to England in 1999, working as a locum optician and originally joining the Specsavers Ilkeston store in 2002. She continued to service the community as a locum optometrist, as well as working for a family-owned independent practice in Eastwood for 16 years. With a thorough knowledge of Eastwood and the local community, she will join the new store for two days each week.

High tech new store

The brand new store will have two test rooms where customers will benefit from Digital Precision Eyecare, which ensures everyone receives the very best professional care and advice in frame selection and dispensing for their prescription, vision and lifestyle needs.

The technology allows the optical team to help customers select their glasses following an eye examination.  Imaging software on a tablet takes a photo of them wearing the glasses, which in turn captures a range of essential dispensing measurements. These are unique to the customer and their chosen glasses.

The store also has a dedicated contact lens area and a high-tech digital retinal camera that helps with the early detection of many conditions by taking a picture of the back of the eye. Digital retinal photography is offered at no extra cost as part of the standard eye examination service.

Alongside the sight testing capabilities, the store will also have a hearing test room, as part of Specsavers Audiology service.

Free hearing tests

Occurring naturally with age, or as a result of too much loud noise over time, hearing loss affects one in six people in the UK. It is often a gradual process and can happen over a number of years, so many people don’t realise their hearing is getting worse. As well as offering free hearing tests with an audiology professional, the new Specsavers store in Eastwood also offers the latest high-tech hearing aids from world leading manufacturers and free aftercare for as long as you need it.

The grand opening

The team are holding a day of celebrations to formally mark the opening of the store and as an opportunity for the local community to meet the whole team.

The grand opening will be held at the store on Wednesday 1 March and include a ribbon cutting by Specsavers founder, Dame Mary Perkins, and a special appearance by the famous ‘Dancing Grannies’ troupe. Visitors can also make the most of the celebration cake and other activities on offer throughout the day.

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