Vision Express

Vision Express: fighting retinoblastoma together

Vision Express was the dedicated partner of CHECT from 2010 to 2023 and played an exceptional role in helping us to raise awareness of retinoblastoma (Rb), as well as generating significant funds to support our work. We are extremely grateful for this support.

Here are just some of the many ways in which Vision Express helped us:

  • Generated funds for CHECT by offering free glasses repairs and MOTs at all its stores in exchange for a charity donation.
  • Raised awareness of the signs and symptoms of Rb by distributing our leaflets.
  • Helped us to develop and implement an Opticians’ Protocol, eliminating any possible delays in children being examined by an optician.
  • Supported us during World Rb Awareness Week in May, championing our campaigns and holding fundraising events at Vision Express stores across the UK.
  • Invited CHECT ambassadors as special VIP guests during store opening ceremonies.
  • Staff at local stores and the Head Office got involved in fundraising through organising and taking part in sponsored events in their community, including the popular Ride 4 Sight event.
  • Supported the development of a series of free e-learning videos about retinoblastoma aimed at both optometrists and in-store staff – find the videos here.
  • Donated 100% of the profits from the sales of Marvin the Mole toys to CHECT and the Macular Society. Purchase your Marvin the Mole here!

The money raised by generous Vision Express staff and customers has enabled us to improve the support we offer to families affected by Rb and invest in new research projects, which could improve diagnosis and treatment options in the years to come.

Book an eye test

Most people are advised to get their eyes tested once every two years. As well as other eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, an eye examination can also detect high blood pressure and diabetes. Vision Express has carefully amended its children’s eye test so that the process is fun.

Eye tests are free for children under the age of 16 at all opticians – but if you would like to have your child’s eyes tested at Vision Express you can book an appointment here.