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Specsavers Donation Helps Eye Clinic Lift Off

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Glasgow Caledonian University's vision for an Eye Clinic in Sighthill is set to become a reality following a significant donation from Specsavers stores across Scotland.

The optical group's stores have very kindly donated an ICARE Tonometer, a vital piece of equipment worth £2,000 which can assess for signs of glaucoma and similar conditions affecting the eye. 

Dr Norman Button, eye clinic director from Glasgow Caledonian University's Vision Science Department, which pioneered the Eye Clinic initiative, says: 'We are very grateful to Specsavers in Scotland for this generous donation. The ICARE Tonometer was an important piece in the jigsaw to get the Eye Clinic up and running so we're delighted that we can now begin providing an important service to the community in Sighthill.'

Sighthill is a highly challenged area of Glasgow city centre suffering from deprivation, unemployment, low incomes, a significant cultural mix and little or no disposable income.  

The university has committed to supporting the growth, development and sustainability of Sighthill Community One Stop Shop (SCOSS), a community centre conceived with the aim of supplying services to the community in line with its needs from a centre based within Sighthill. One of the first major and distinct service offering will be from the Eye Clinic.

Dave Quigley, Glasgow Specsavers store director, adds: 'We have a strong relationship with the Vision Sciences department at Glasgow Caledonian University and were pleased to provide our support for this excellent initiative. It's great to be part of the Sighthill Eye Clinic and we are sure it will make a big difference to the lives of the people within the community.'


Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Optical Group.
Further information from Bob Hanlon on 01324 602 564, bob.hanlon@beattiegroup.com

Specsavers notes to editors              

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
  • The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their eldest son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,340 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Australia
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009
  • The group plans to continue its successful international expansion by opening stores in New Zealand
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners.
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
  • Greater than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - nine and a half million glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2008
  • Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
  • Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Diabetes UK, for whom they have raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy

• Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas for use in developing countries


*GfK Home Audit (Dec 2008)