An optometrist at Specsavers in Clacton-on-Sea has returned to the UK after spending a month in Zambia to help improve the eyesight of local villagers.

Angelina Bhopal, aged 24, who lives in Chigwell, was in the Zambian town of Kafue as part of Specsavers’ work with Vision Aid Overseas. During her time in Zambia, Angelina and a team of six other eye healthcare professionals worked in a local hospital eye service.

Outreach work

The group was split into two, with one half staying and working in the hospital, while the remainder travelled to perform outreach work in remote locations.

A typical day in Kafue included waking up at 6am and heading off for a long day’s work, testing until 6pm, performing eye tests for the locals and dispensing spectacles when required.

Angelina said: ‘There were many interesting cases that we came across. What really hit home was how much we take our healthcare for granted.

'A fantastic experience'

‘I had a fantastic experience working with Vision Aid Overseas in Africa. It was incredible to see the pure happiness of the locals and how close they all were as a community. I would definitely be interested in going back.’

Vision Aid Overseas works in six African nations to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and utilise the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

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