A group of youngsters from an area still affected by the Chernobyl disaster have visited Specsavers in Ashford to receive free eye examinations and glasses.

Contaminated areas

On Monday 7 July, Specsavers hosted 9 children visiting from Korosten in northern Ukraine, a town which remains contaminated with radiation more than 25 years after the nuclear power disaster.

Children need eye checks

Catherine McVicker, store director said: ‘It’s vital that all children have regular eye checks.’

Risk of cataracts

‘The radiation they’re subjected to in Ukraine increases the chances of developing conditions such as cataracts, which would go undetected without an eye examination. Since there’s no access to eye care in their home town, we’re delighted to give them the opportunity here in Ashford.’

Free treatment

The visit took place as part of the children’s trip to the area and all treatment by Specsavers will be completely free of charge.

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