Locals are being urged to donate their old, unwanted glasses to Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

The East Kilbride store has donated an estimated 300 pairs of specs in the past six months with the help of the community.

Improving eye health overseas

Shirley-Ann Kennedy, store director at Specsavers in East Kilbride, said: ‘In Britain we are used to having access to excellent eyecare on our high streets but many people in developing countries are not as lucky so it’s important we do what we can to improve eye health there.

‘Specs wearers in East Kilbride have already helped us to donate a fantastic number of frames in the past six months. It would be wonderful to collect even more during the remainder of this year.’

Donating unwanted specs

Locals can get involved in the ongoing appeal by dropping their old frames into the store in East Kilbride Shopping Centre, where they will find VAO collection boxes.

The glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people much needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.

With the help of Specsavers, the international charity is committed to providing eyecare for people living in Zambia. Previously, there had been very limited provision for the one in four Zambians who desperately require it, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving the 12 million population.

For more information about Vision Aid Overseas, visit www.vao.org.uk.

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