Specsavers in Twickenham were pleased to invite leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, to their business last month to highlight the professional care they provide to the local community.

The team provided Mr Cable, who is also MP for the borough, with a guided tour of the facilities on Friday 19 January to showcase the important optical and audiology support they provide to residents on a daily basis.

Learning about eye health

Soniya Shah and Jayesh Solankey, store directors at Specsavers Twickenham, gave Mr Cable a demonstration of digital retinal photography, which involves a specialised microscope and digital camera that takes detailed pictures of the back of the eye.

The directors explained how the fundus camera can be used to detect and monitor health conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Soniya and Jayesh are also members of the Local Optical Committee (LOC) and, accompanied by fellow LOC member and Specsavers New Malden director, Ahmed Sivardeen, they spoke to Mr Cable about the importance of having regular examinations to maintain healthy vision and hearing.

A word from the store director

Soniya says: ‘We were delighted to invite Vince Cable to the store and talk to him about the work we do. We also discussed the importance of community optometry and how opticians can help provide some services which are currently provided in hospitals.’

Eye health clinics

Eye health clinics are now available in selected Specsavers stores nationwide.

The Twickenham store can detect and manage minor eye conditions, including red eye, dry eye, watering eye, blepharitis and floaters in the vision on the same day. Help with more complex conditions will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

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