Specsavers Dagenham is asking locals to help them support a great cause.
World Glaucoma Week
World Glaucoma Week runs from 6-12 March. Last year, locals from the area bought in over 1000 pairs of frames to their local Specsavers store. These were then donated to Vision Aid Overseas – an international charity that is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries.
What Vision Aid Overseas does
The charity raises recycles old, donated frames in an environmentally-friendly way to raise money to support their work. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists.
Why Glaucoma is a serious condition
Nearly 10% of the world's population is believed to be disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of spectacles. Diagnosis and treatment for Glaucoma is one of the important conditions the charity hopes to assist with. It is the third most common cause of blindness and is responsible for 10% of blindness worldwide.
What you can do to help
It is said that by 2020, almost 80 million people will be affected by Glaucoma. Gurjit Singh Sehmi, optometrist at Specsavers Dagenham says: ‘We all know how precious our vision is and in the UK, we are lucky to have access to professionals who can assist with any eye health conditions. This is not the case in developing countries where poverty prevents children to the elderly getting access to eye care In fact, 90% of people who are visually impaired because they cannot get the glasses they need live in low and middle income countries. By donating unwanted, out of date frames to this great cause, we can all play our small role in making a big difference. We have decided to make our plea now ahead of World Glaucoma Week as it would be great to get some momentum for this fantastic cause during a pivotal week in the charity’s calendar.’
To donate to the charity, visit the store at 27/2 The Mall, Heathwaywhere there is a collection point for unwanted frames. For more information on eye examinations, call T 0208 596 9998 or see the website for more details.