Specsavers aims to be providing four million eye scans at its Australian and New Zealand stores within a year – about equal to the company’s annual number of eye examinations, Mr Richard Couch, the company’s head of dispensing development, said in his welcome address at theSpecsavers Dispensing Conference 2 held at most capital cities this month.

Since being established in ANZ ten years ago, the company has dispensed over 30 million pairs of glasses and 50 million contact lenses, Mr Couch said.

“Importantly, we’ve equipped over 1,000 staff with new skills as part of our Certificate IV Optical Dispensing programme.

“In the past 12 months alone with the introduction of our OCT programme we have performed over 300,000 eye scans.

In the next year or so this will grow to over 4 million scans with continuous investment in technology, training and development and product developments.

“Dispensing and optical dispensers will play a core and critical role in the delivery of our eye-care services.”