East Dereham residents can now find a home for their unwanted or old prescription glasses as Specsavers is running a glasses recycling scheme in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas.

Turning old specs into eye care for Africans

The glasses are recycled and the proceeds from selling the reusable materials go towards establishing vision centres, training healthcare workers and utilising the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

The opticians will also be donating 6,000 optical lenses to the charity to aid their collection.

'All they need is a pair of glasses'

Store director, Kevin Osborne, says: ‘Eyecare is something that we take for granted in the UK because there is an optician on almost every high street. For people in developing countries this is not the case and as a result children are unable to finish their education, parents cannot work to support their families and grandparents have never seen their grandchildren. In some of these cases all they need is an eye test and a pair of glasses.’

As well as collecting glasses, Specsavers stores nationwide have raised more than £250,000 to improve eyecare in Zambia. This has funded the construction of vision centres and training facilities for optometrists and eyecare specialists, in Kabawe, Mansa and Lusaka.

To donate your unwanted specs or to book an appointment, simply call Specsavers East Dereham on 01362 852 830.