A caring optometrist from Airdrie recently travelled to Zambia as part of eyecare charity Vision Aid Overseas’ outreach programme.
Laura Mullett, who works at Specsavers in Airdrie, was part of a team of six that carried out eye tests and supplied free glasses to people whose eye problems would otherwise not be treated.
The group were based in the capital, Lusaka, and also visited the town of Kampasa and Chawama, but locals travelled from all over the region to get their eyes tested.
During the two-week mission the group treated over 1,100 people and supplied 803 pairs of glasses to those in need. The trip was made possible through donations made to Vision Aid Overseas, including collections taken by Specsavers stores across the UK.
An amazing opportunity
Laura Mullett, optometrist at Specsavers Airdrie, said, ‘I love my job as an optometrist and really enjoy working within the community. It has always been a goal of mine to take these skills further and try to make a difference. It was amazing to get this opportunity.
’There were many people I treated during my time in Zambia who had never had glasses before - their lives were transformed with a simple pair of specs.
‘It was a life changing experience for me and my thanks go out to everyone who supported me in my fundraising to make the trip possible.’
A word from the store director
Andrew McGonagle, store director at Specsavers Airdrie, said: ‘In Britain we are used to having access to excellent eyecare on our high streets, but most people in Zambia are not as lucky so it’s important we do what we can to improve eye health there.
‘Laura has worked with us since we opened six years ago and is a very valued member of our Airdrie team so we were delighted to support her on her recent trip.
‘Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and we will continue to support them in whatever way we can.’