Tesco has launched an online optical prescription service to take advantage of the fast-growing eyecare market.

The online prescription service will initially offer single-vision prescription glasses, with customers collecting orders from Tesco’s in-store optician practices. Prescription glasses are available from just£15.

On the site, customers can enter their prescription details or arrange an eye test for£10 at any of Tesco’s 95 in-store opticians.

Tesco optical manager Philip Banks said: “Up until now, customers who wish to buy their prescription glasses online have had the choice of choosing either the cheapest price, meaning the glasses are only delivered and not dispensed, or paying 60 per cent more for the peace of mind of having them fitted by professionally trained staff.

“We wanted to give our customers the best of both worlds, which is why we have entered the online prescription market.”

*Separately, Tesco has completed four sale-and-leaseback deals with£605 million of property assets.

Four separate purchasers were involved, and the deals were structured on both a 100 per cent sale and a joint-venture basis. It includes 13 stores with a total floor space in excess of 1.7 million sq ft.

The four purchasers were the Universities Superannuation Scheme, Prupim, LaSalle Investment Management and Canada Life.