Over 64 million people worldwide are believed to suffer from glaucoma – a condition known as the ‘silent killer of sight.’ Thanks to the residents of Andover, Specsavers is able to play their small role in helping those less fortunate in developing countries.
Locals donate their old frames
The team want to say a massive thank you to all the people in Andover who have donated frames in their thousands over the years to support charity, Vision Aid Overseas. These unwanted, broken or out of date frames gathering dust in drawers at homes regularly get donated to the store throughout the year and help to assist Vision Aid Overseas with their cause.
The charity uses monies raised from the recycling of the glasses and proceeds attained from reusable parts to go towards establishing vision centres, equipment and training of local eyecare professionals in isolated communities.
A word from the store director
Optometrist store director Paul Dhanji says: ‘We wanted to say a thank you to everyone who has played their role in helping Vision Aid Overseas over the years. We get hundreds of frames in each month and the support from our customers always overwhelms us.
‘Early detection of eye conditions such as glaucoma is paramount but funding is needed for the right equipment in countries less fortunate than ours. In Andover and nationwide, we are very lucky to have access to professional eyecare services but in developing countries, many thousands of people are in danger of going blind due to the lack of professionals and basic facilities.’
Can you help?
Paul adds: ‘To think that that old pair of frames can make such a difference is incredible so we want to remind all local Andover residents to do a quick sweep around the home, the car, their office desks for old frames. Together, we can make a real difference.’