Specsavers at Austin Friars recently welcomed Jayne Bryant AM to the store for a tour of its state-of-the-art facilities.

Tour of pioneering facility

Ms Bryant, assembly member for Newport West, was shown around the store, which opened in January 2016 after a £500,000 investment and relocation from its former premises on the High Street.

Staff also gave Ms Bryant the opportunity to tour the Austin Friars Eye Treatment Centre – a pioneering facility that supports people suffering with wet age-related macular degeneration (Wet AMD).

Store director Craig Mackenzie emphasised the importance of regular eye tests to Ms Bryant and offered her the chance to see the technology available first-hand.

Encouraging sight tests

He says: ‘The most recent eye health report from Specsavers and RNIB found that 250 people start to lose their vision in the UK every day, while one in five will have to cope with sight loss in their lifetime. Despite this, nearly a quarter admitted to ignoring early signs of sight loss.

‘I hope that Jayne’s visit will encourage more people to have regular sight tests, whether they are suffering symptoms or not, so that they do not suffer unnecessarily.’

Ms Bryant adds: ‘I’m very grateful to Craig for taking the time to show me around the practice and discuss optometry in Wales. There’s a lot of great work going on, including excellent joint working with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.’

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