26.02.2010

Tesco to offer universal free eye tests

Tesco to offer universal free eye tests

By Alexa Kaczka

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced plans to bring back free eye tests for all.

Universal free eye tests were scrapped in 1988 however the retailer has stepped in to ensure that everyone is getting the eyecare they need.

Ashley Hicks, Tesco director of pharmacy and healthcare, said: "This is an important move towards improving the nation"s health. By removing the cost barrier and offering convenient opening hours, we aim to make this important check up as easy as possible for our customers."

Also commenting on the decision, Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the Royal National Institute of the Blind, said she was "delighted", adding that she hopes it will encourage many more people to get their eyes tested regularly now that cost is not a factor.

Other major retailers currently charge between £15 and £20 for eye tests. Regular sight tests are vital as they can help diagnose issues early.

It is especially important that drivers and people with medical conditions such as diabetes and glaucoma have eye check-ups.

by Martin Burns


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