Optometry student, Lucinda Beardsmore joined forces with other Cardiff University peers to provide free eyecare to remote villages located in Moldova over the summer. The program was able to help over 1500 impoverished locals by testing, treating and providing free specs to people in communities who would not have otherwise had access to this care.

Returning vision

Speaking about the experience, Lucinda Beardsmore, said: ‘Returning Vision Moldova was such an amazing and rewarding trip to be involved in. The majority of the patients from the remote communities we visited in Moldova had never had the opportunity to see an optometrist about their sight. Many patients came and explained how they had been blind from birth; however with a simple eye test and some glasses we had the chance to return their sight which they never knew they even had.’

Special thank you

Lucinda wanted to say a special thank you to Specsavers and in particular to her summer placement team in Edgware Road: ‘This trip couldn’t have taken place without the help of many donations from charities and organisations such as Specsavers. I saw firsthand the impact this had on the local communities and how grateful the patients were.'

The project is part of an already well-established mission at Cardiff University which has been running for six years helping to provide eyecare to remote communities.

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