A NEW Vision Express at Tesco store has officially opened.

The celebration of the new shop at the Tesco in Worcester Road was led by MP Nigel Huddleston for Mid Worcestershire.

Mr Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire, was on hand to help cut the ribbon on the premises and joined the store’s optical team to encourage the community to get regular eye tests.

“Eye health is a growing issue for Evesham and I would encourage everyone to have regular eye tests and take their vision seriously,” said Mr Huddleston.

“I’m proud to support this event and raise awareness of eye health amongst my constituents, especially those who drive, with research revealing there are almost 3,000 road casualties a year caused by poor driver sight.”

Vision Express at Tesco Evesham store manager, Chris Sheppard said: “It’s fantastic to have our local MP, Nigel Huddleston, join the team to officially open our new store and we look forward to welcoming new and existing customers through our doors.

“With 11% of the local population at a heightened risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, we’re here to help residents ensure their vision is the best it can be.

"We have over 100 ways to test your eyes, to assess how they’re working and help detect serious conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and increased risk of stroke.

"It’s great that Vision Express is now in such a convenient location for local residents to drop in and get this essential health check.”

Vision Express’ acquired Tesco Opticians at the end of 2017 and the Evesham optical store is one of more than 200 ‘Vision Express at Tesco’ outlets launching across the UK in 2018.

Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson added: “This is a hugely exciting time for the Vision Express family, and we’re delighted to welcome new team members to the company and provide a seamless eye health service to former Tesco optical customers.

“Crucially, we’re pleased to now be able to offer our vision expertise in a convenient location to residents. With almost 6% of the local population living with suspected glaucoma, safeguarding sight through regular eye exams with a trusted optician has never been more important.”