Caring staff at an opticians in Dumfries have donated glasses with non-prescription lenses – also called plano lenses – to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Staff at Specsavers in the Loreburne Shopping Centre donated 10 pairs of plano specs to the hospital to help patients in the orthoptic* department.

A word from our store director

Store director Jill Dickson explains the reason behind the donation: ‘It’s so important for us to maintain our already strong links with our local hospital and donating the plano specs is just one of the many ways in which we do that.

‘We’re delighted to be able to give the frames to the hospital and I’m sure they will be a great help to patients.’

Orthoptist Claire McEntee popped into the store to collect the glasses from dispensing manager Bobby Black.

First class eye service

A spokesperson for NHS Dumfries and Galloway says: ‘We are absolutely committed to delivering a first class eye service to our patients, and very appreciative of this recent donation from Specsavers Dumfries. These glasses will help hundreds of patients locally.”

Orthoptists use plano lenses to help patients recover from conditions including squints and double vision. To correct double vision, measurements of the patient’s eye are taken while they are wearing the plano glasses. These measurements pinpoint the position of the eye and help the orthoptist to select a lens which will be suitable for correcting the double vision.

If a prescription lens is only needed for one eye, the plano lens allows the patient to still wear glasses.

 *Orthoptics is a field relating to the evaluation and treatment of patients with disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision and eye movements. Orthoptists are uniquely skilled in diagnostic techniques.

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