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Eye care specialist will donate £1m in laser eye surgery to NHS nurses

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Eye care specialist Optical Express has announced that it will donate £1m worth of laser eye surgery to NHS nurses and other emergency service workers.

The company, which has been performing vision correction surgery for over 15 years, has today launched an initiative called ‘Thanks a Million’.

“We’d like to acknowledge everything they do for the British public”

Dawn Kondol

The initiative follows a survey by Optical Express which revealed that, overwhelmingly, the public think nurses deserve the most thanks for the hard work they do, with firefighters and doctors coming a close second and third.

A spokeswoman told Nursing Times that 2,000 people took part in the survey, with 54% voting for nurses as those most deserving thanks.

Dawn Kondol, HR manager at Optical Express, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer some of the UK’s hardest working people, including nurses, the opportunity to have free laser eye surgery and achieve 20/20 vision free from glasses or contact lenses.

“Moreover, we’d like to acknowledge everything they do for the British public – who agree that nurses are most deserving of our thanks and appreciation,” she said.

Nurses who are interested in applying for laser eye surgery or want to find out more about the procedure should visit the firm’s Thanks a Million’ website. The closing date to register is 4 September 2017 at 23:59.

Further to the free surgery pledged, all NHS and emergency services workers will be eligible for 20% discount off laser eye surgery at Optical Express.

The survey, which looked into what makes UK workers feel valued in the workplace, found a simple “thank you”, whether in person or over email, meant more to most workers than a promotion.

In addition, it suggested women placed more emphasis on the importance of a thank you for their hard work – 10% more than their male counterparts.

Generationally, 18- to 24-year-olds felt a pay rise and promotion were of equal weight when it came to feeling valued at work, while for those over 55 a pay rise was more important than a promotion.

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