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Visit To Opticians Real Eye Opener For Nursery School Children

Friday, 19 March 2010

ON Monday March 22nd staff at Coatbridge Specsavers are giving 12 children from Dunbeth Nursery a chance to take a fun mini eye test, see through an array of magnifying lenses and even sit in the optician's chair to help understand how to keep young eyes healthy.


The children, aged between two and five, will take a tour of the store and listen to a simple introduction on how the eye works, with tips on keeping their own baby blues - and browns - in tip-top condition. Before returning to nursery the children will collect a goody bag filled with healthy treats, colouring materials, a specs case and a Specsavers bug.


Keith Sharp, director at Specsavers in Coatbridge says: 'It's never too early for children to be aware of how to care for their eyes. The healthy lessons children learn at a young age can last a lifetime.'


'It is a pleasure to have the local children in our store. They are genuinely curious about the equipment and their enthusiasm is truly infectious.  Some children can be a bit nervous about their first opticians' appointment.  But with the pressure off they can learn more about what we do and how to maintain healthy eyes in a friendly, fun environment. Hopefully future appointments will be a far less daunting prospect.'


To book an appointment for an eye examination, please contact Specsavers 92 Main Street, Coatbridge Strathclyde, ML5 3BQ or log onto www.specsavers.co.uk/coatbridge





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 son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has nearly 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10
  • 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
  • More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  • Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 34%. Our share of the opticians market is 39%.*
  • 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 offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it 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. Specsavers stores across Britain raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.


*GfK NOP (Sept 2009)