South Shields MP helps opticians celebrate 90th anniversay

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck visits Walton Opticians, with Kay Winship, as part of National Eye Health Week.
South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck visits Walton Opticians, with Kay Winship, as part of National Eye Health Week.

A South Shields opticians celebrated its 90th anniversary by inviting an MP along to mark National Eye Health Week.

Emma Lewell-Buck paid a visit to S Walton Eyecare, in Stanhope Road, to help staff celebrate the milestone year.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck visits Walton Opticians, with Kaye Winship, as part of National Eye Health Week.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck visits Walton Opticians, with Kaye Winship, as part of National Eye Health Week.

The opticians has stood in the same row of shops since it was opened by Sidney Walton in 1926.

Current owner and optometrist Kaye Winship took over in 2007 and the business has grown and prospered and gained a loyal local following.

Mrs Lewell-Buck visited the practice to mark National Eye Health Week which runs every year to highlight the importance of regular eye examinations in identifying early preventable sight loss.

Ms Winship said: “We are so pleased to welcome Emma, as our local MP and tell her a little more about what we do whilst helping us mark our 90th anniversary.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck visits Walton Opticians, with Kaye Winship, as part of National Eye Health Week.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck visits Walton Opticians, with Kaye Winship, as part of National Eye Health Week.

“I kept the Walton name when I took over because the practice had been here so long and people recognised it as an established business.

“After 90 years I think we’re here to stay and hopefully we will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Thousands of people every year lose sight unnecessarily because they do not visit an optometrist to have their eyes checked. Many conditions that cause visual loss can be picked up and dealt with if found early enough.

Mrs Lewell-Buck was also told about how optometrists can do more in the community by managing minor eye conditions themselves thereby lightening the load on GP surgeries and hospital A&E departments.

As a spectacle wearer, the MP is no stranger to the opticians but said she learned a great deal more about the scope of what they do.