Following a UK wide hunt for proud specs wearers, Specsavers is delighted to announce that York is home to a regional finalist in this year’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Lauren Corney, who is 67 and lives in Wilberfoss, has been shortlisted in the over 60s age category. After sending in a stylish selfie wearing her glasses, she was picked from hundreds of entries from across the Yorkshire region and is now one step closer to taking the title of the 2017 Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Honorary Yorkshire woman

Lauren visited the York Specsavers store where she was presented with a certificate, a bottle of champagne and £150 eyewear voucher.

Originally from South Shields, Lauren moved to York 37 years ago and now classes herself as an honorary Yorkshire woman. The 5ft 11in karate enthusiast, who will be undergoing her black belt assessment next month, has worn glasses for the last 56 years.

She said: ‘I started wearing glasses when I was 11 years old. My teacher at school noticed that I was struggling to see the blackboard and wondered if my poor eyesight was the reason why I wasn’t doing very well at school. I got my eyes tested and after that, I started to pick up the pace and get back on track.’

Fashion Forward

A keen shopper, Lauren says she regularly buys new frames: ‘Glasses have become a part of who I am. I match them to my outfits, so have a variety of colours and styles to compliment what I wear. I also pick frames based on how I’m feeling when I get up in the morning. I know some people see them as being functional but I see them as being so much more than that. You can tell a lot about a person and the frames they choose to wear.’

Before she retired, Lauren worked in sales and was on the road most of the week: ‘I moved to York in 1980 for my job. I was in the car a lot so it was important for me to get my eyes tested every two years. It’s important that people understand that eye tests can reveal more than a prescription for your glasses, they can also detect a number of medical conditions. As I get older, it’s more important than ever to closely monitor my health.’

Style and Energy

Ellie Mace, store manager from Specsavers York said: ‘Lauren is a wonderful character, with lots of style and energy. We want people to hold their head high and be proud about their glasses - Lauren does exactly that and more. She’s testament to the fact that there are many different shapes, styles and colours of frames available. There will always be something for everyone. We’re no longer in the era where people own one pair of glasses.

‘She’s right to reinforce the importance of eye tests, especially  for those over 65. A routine eye check can spot conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes and high blood pressure which are all more commonly found in those in this age category.’

Fronted by former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, this year’s awards ceremony will be held in London on 10 October with the top prize of £10,000 up for the nationwide winner.

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