South Wales East assembly member, Mohammed Asghar, has praised a Newport opticians for its ‘fantastic work’ in ‘providing quality clinical services’.

Team members at Specsavers on Friars Walk welcomed Mr Asghar, showing him around the store and the state-of-the-art eye treatment centre. Staff spoke with him about the advanced eye care services offered in-store to raise awareness of the importance of eye tests.

Encouraging regular sight tests

Store director Craig Mackenzie says: ‘Regular eye examinations are an important health check-up and can play a vital role in the detection of various health conditions, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

‘We are committed to the Wales Eye Care Service, which allows patients in Wales to access eye care across Wales free of charge, if they meet the criteria. With more than half of all sight loss in the UK being recognised as avoidable, we hope that Mohammad’s visit will encourage as many people as possible to have regular sight tests, and continue to highlight the great support the Wales Eye Care Service provide in the community.’

‘Innovative community-based centre’

Mohammad Asghar AM adds: ‘I am grateful to Craig and his team for allowing me to visit and to see the fantastic work this innovative community-based centre is doing in providing quality clinical services.

‘NHS services are provided in partnership with Specsavers, thereby reducing the pressure on local GPs and hospitals.

‘Better use of community optometrists will reduce waiting times for many, as there will be improved access to a specialist eyecare service in every community, which is able to manage the most common eye disorders.’

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