Specsavers has been asking local residents to dig out their old, unwanted glasses in a bid to help improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.
Acomb Specsavers recently collected 420 pairs of spare and unused frames in a bid to at the store on Front Street. These have now been sent to Vision Aid Overseas.
The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists.
With the help of Specsavers, the international charity is committed to providing eyecare for people living in Zambia. Previously, there has been very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require it. 24 people are currently being trained as qualified optometrists to serve the 12 million people; an unmanageable task to complete. Local people can do their bit to further the partnership’s goal simply by calling into Acomb Specsavers and dropping their old glasses in a special collection bin.
A word from the Director
Deryk Watts at Acomb Specsavers on Front street comments: ‘Professional eyecare is available to the whole of Britain. So why should we let others in poorer countries suffer? I can’t stress enough the importance of recycling your old glasses; it’s for a good cause and can result in improving eye health for everyone in Zambia!”
“You wouldn’t waste or abandon you Christmas chocolates, so why do the same to your specs? We should all donate our old glasses. I’m sure every household has old or spare specs hidden away in their drawers; I know I did!”
Working with Vision Aid Overseas
Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so. In this time, Specsavers has raised more than £300,000 and has collected an excess of 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.