Specsavers in Driffield is urging people to dig out their old, unwanted glasses so they can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

The team in-store collects spare and unused frames and donates them to Vision Aid Overseas.

Glasses converted into much-needed cash
The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in less-developed countries. This includes giving people badly-needed eye examinations and treatment, and training local optometrists.

With the help of Specsavers, Vision Aid Overseas is committed to providing eyecare for people living in Zambia. Until recently, there was very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately need it, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the population of 12 million.

Making a difference for a decade
Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. So far, the opticians has raised more than £370,000 and has collected more than 250,000 pairs of glasses.

The money has been put to good use by funding the construction of a school for optometry in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and two vision centres in the country’s Central and Luapula provinces. The charity aims to add six more vision centres by 2015 so that there is one in each province of Zambia.

Anyone with glasses to donate is encouraged to call into the store on Driffield’s Main Street and drop them into the special collection bin.

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