The team at Specsavers is urging residents 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.
World Glaucoma Week
The plea comes ahead of World Glaucoma Week on 6-12 March. 100s of frames were donated by the store to Vision Aid Overseas last year – an international charity that is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries. The charity raises vital income to support their activities overseas by recycling old, donated frames in an environmentally-friendly way. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists.
Helping those overseas
The role they play is vital in reaching nearly 640 million people (10% of the world's population) who are believed to be disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of spectacles. Diagnosis and treatment for one particular eye condition in developing countries remains paramount in 2016. Glaucoma is the third most common cause of blindness and is responsible for 10% of blindness worldwide.
A plea to help
The team at Specsavers 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. In fact, 90% of people who are visually impaired because they cannot get the glasses they need live in low and middle income countries."
Playing our role
"By donating unwanted, out of date frames to this great cause, we can all play our small role in making a big difference.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 where there is collection point for unwanted frames. For more information on the charity, visit their website here