The most affordable eyecare enterprise in Guyana, Ming’s Optical on Sunday morning opened yet another multimillion-dollar branch, this time in Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Located at Lot 1997 Parika Highway in the Lotus Mall, the ophthalmic centre will cater for a number of eyecare needs.First Lady Sandra Granger along with Michelle and Stanley Ming and staff of the new Parika branchThe spacious, ultramodern location is fully equipped with all of the latest optical equipment and amenities offering residents of the East Bank of Essequibo, the Essequibo Islands and West Demerara increased convenience and state-of-the-art optical services.These include comprehensive eye testing for both spectacles and contact lenses.Additionally, there is a wide selection of fashionable frames to suit every personality at affordable prices.Visual field testing for glaucoma and retinal conditions will also now be available.The owner, Optometrist Michelle Ming noted that since the economic activities in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) were now improving, she felt that there was a need for the new branch.Dr Ming added that as such, she and her team began working to provide eye care for not only those in Essequibo but also in the interior locations.“We felt like there was a need to expand our eyecare services here. We have a team of qualified optometrists working with me. We have 100 of frames for all. We will continue to provide quality eye care to the best of our ability and to ensure that to our fellow Guyanese, we will strive to provide care with the best technologies available,” Dr Ming said.The new Parika branchSpeaking on behalf of the Public Health Ministry, John Adams made clear his confidence in Ming’s providing quality eye care services.“I know that Ming’s will render great service to these communities. I want to congratulate the owners for expanding eye care in Guyana, and it is the Government’s desire to encourage businesses to take the initiative in moving such enterprises forward. I am happy that this business is in Region Three and that Region Three will be going places because of this,” the Public Health Advisor said.Delivering a brief keynote address, First Lady Sandra Granger endorsed the opening of the new branch.According to the First Lady, she is appreciative of the Ming family for using what they achieved through studies to give back to the Guyanese public.She applauded Michelle Ming for not only the opening of the branch but also for her years of service at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Granger gave a brief history of the Parika Branch, which was first opened in 2011, “This new improved branch of optical service was opened in Parika back in 2011, and the branch was moved to the new location in order for the brand and service to be improved. Those people in Cuyuni-Mazaruni who would not want to cross another river, to journey to Georgetown for eye care will now be able to receive care right here.”The First Lady further applauded Ming, stating “Guyanese girls rock! Michelle not only helped to established the first low-vision care clinic in the Caribbean at the GPHC, but also volunteered her service for five years by providing care for persons whose eye could not be repaired with a spectacles. Additionally, she is the Coordinator of joint eye care missions in the University of the West Indies who is currently training local optometrists at the GPHC to use retinal cameras for laser treatment which is now available in Guyana”.Since its inception in 1990, Ming’s Optical has extended its reach throughout the country and this, its third location complements its head office in Urquhart and New Market Streets and Williamsburg branch in Rose Hall, Berbice.