Woodbridge welcomes Chernobyl children
Children affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster have just been treated to free eye examinations and glasses at Specsavers Woodbridge.
30 years on
Eighteen children, whose home town, in Belarus, remains contaminated with radiation 30 years after the nuclear power disaster, visited Specsavers in Woodbridge as part of a project with charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline to improve the health and wellbeing of children affected from the aftermath of the event
After conducting the eye tests two children needed new glasses and were provided them completely free of charge. However none of the children went empty handed as the store provided them all with goody bags.
Children's eye health
Two of the store’s staff, Optometrist Ammar Jawad and student contact lens optician Anastasia Driscoll guided the children, both being fluent in Russian.
Ming Tye, store director of Specsavers in Woodbridge, says: ‘It’s vital that all children have regular eye checks.’
‘The radiation they’re exposed 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 Woodbridge.’
The visit has taken place as part of the children’s trip to the area and all treatment by will be completely free of charge.
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