SPECSAVERS in Leigh will be getting a makeover thanks to the company’s £280,000 store improvement programme.

The expansion will include three new test rooms and a dedicated contact lens area allowing the store to increase its optical services capacity for customers as well as improved availability of hearing test services.

The business will also be investing in a second optical coherence tomography (OCT) machine to expand the capacity of the hospital grade technology, which uses light to make more than 1,000 images of the back of the eye, looking back at the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.

The OCT images are stored on file so Specsavers’ staff can note changes over time to monitor the overall health of someone’s eye and the tests are provided in addition to normal eye tests.

The retail space and waiting room will also increase in size during the renovation, ensuring customers and members of staff are safe even at busy times, following government guidelines on social distancing. 

Mathew Averall, retail partner at Specsavers Leigh, said: “We have listened to our customers and this investment gives us the ability to enhance their experience and the hearing and optical services we offer.

“This expansion will also help to create further career opportunities in the longer term, which will be widespread across the team in both optics and audiology.”

Work at the Leigh branch is scheduled for completion by the end of August.