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Tesco to offer free eye tests

“Which” announces that Tesco is to offer free eye tests for all

March 2010

In its 131 stores Tesco will provide a free universal eye test service, allowing anyone not entitled to an NHS-funded eye check-up can now have a free examination.

Tesco says it expects its move to result in a substantial increase to the numbers of people who have eye tests. Many retailers and opticians charge £15 - £20 for a check-up.

Ashley Hicks, Tesco Director of Pharmacy and Healthcare, is reported to have said: ‘This is an important move towards improving the nation’s health. By removing the core cost barrier and offering convenient opening hours, we aim to make this important check up as easy as possible for our customers.’

Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, said: ‘We are delighted that Tesco has decided to provide free eye tests to their customers. RNIB research suggests that the cost can be a significant barrier to people getting eye tests.’

According to RNIB, more than 2m people in the UK are at risk of losing their sight as a result of treatable conditions.

Alongside its free eye examination service, Tesco has also launched a range of cheap prescription spectacles.

Spectacles from Tesco opticians will start at £10. The supermarket says this makes theirs the cheapest prescription spectacles available from any opticians’ chain in the UK.

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