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Firm widens its field of vision; INVESTMENT.

Byline: coreena ford coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

EYE care company Optical Express has unveiled the results of a PS1.5m investment into its facilities in Newcastle.

The firm has upgraded its ophthalmic services it can offer to patients at its clinic on Newcastle's St Nicholas Street, investing in new diagnostic and treatment technologies to add to its existing laser eye facilities, in response to demand.

The clinic has added lens replacement, lens enhancement and cataract surgery to its list of procedures, to improve access for patients to clinical care.

Stephen Hannan, clinical services director at Optical Express, said: "People are increasingly seeking treatments which help correct their vision, and laser eye surgery isn't suitable for everyone.

"Lens replacement procedures utilising modern-day lenses do not only aid far vision but can also aid intermediate and close vision, reducing a patient's dependency on spectacles or contact lenses for the most common visual tasks.

"Until recently, patients who required lens procedures, such as cataract treatment, were travelling from Newcastle to Glasgow and Manchester for surgery.

"In response to patient demand, we've brought the latest in technology to our St Nicholas Street clinic, expanding our current offering in the city."

The clinic opened in 2014, and since then it has helped more than 2,500 people.

Mr Hannan said: "Over six out of every 10 corrective eye surgery patients are treated at Optical Express.

"The new facilities expand our current offering in the North East, enabling us to provide additional optical solutions to those suffering with eye care problems and meet the current demand for IOL (intralocular lens) surgery in the region, whether this be for vision correction reasons or the development of cataracts."

Optical Express Newcastle's range of equipment available includes a Catalys femtosecond laser system, which assists their ophthalmic surgeons in providing safe, accurate and precise clinical outcomes.

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Optical Express has invested PS1.5m in its Newcastle base. Above, the new lens theatre

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2017
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