AN independent opticians is extending its services to support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team members at Tyrrells & Embery Optometry, on Darwen Street, Blackburn, are delivering spectacles to those in need, including older members of the community and high-risk patients, who are unable to collect in-store.

Staff will travel free of charge to the door of patients who cannot visit the practice, even delivering contact lenses and solution to those in self isolation. The practice is also donating 10 per cent of any patient purchase to their colleagues in the NHS.

Dispensing optician Usman Patel said: “The wellbeing of our patients is our highest priority, so these measures are about ensuring the health of those in local area is maintained during this period of uncertainty.

“We hope by extending our services beyond our normal capacity will allow our patients to follow government guidelines of staying at home, whilst retaining peace of mind in their eye health.

“Our eyes are one of our most valued assets, so it’s vitally important that we stay open and contactable for emergency appointments only and guarantee that our patients are receiving the same level of care attention, even in these testing times.

“All of our thoughts go out to all of those affected by COVID-19 and we hope we can continue to support our community for as long as possible.”

For more information on how Tyrrells & Embery can help, call the practice on 01254 53554.