Doing their bit to support World Glaucoma Week is Specsavers in Epsom.

Raising funds to support condition in developing countries

Thanks to the local community, the store has amassed an impressive 2,500 pairs of unwanted glasses from in the last year and wants to show its appreciation to its customers.

Old frames helps others

It’s a little known fact that unwanted frames gathering dust in drawers and cupboards across Epsom could help to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

These old, broken, out of date frames can be dropped off at the store, where they are then packed off and donated to international sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas. The charity’s focus is to help those in third world developing countries.

Where the money goes from recycling

Monies raised from the recycling of the glasses and proceeds attained from reusable parts go towards establishing vision centres and training local eyecare professionals in isolated communities.

Store director Glen MacGregor says: ‘Vision Aid Overseas is a charity very close to our hearts. In Surrey and UK-wide, we are very lucky to have access to professional eyecare services but in developing countries, many thousands of people are in danger of going blind due to the lack of professionals and basic facilities.’

He adds: ‘During World Glaucoma Week, we wanted to remind everyone that donating those old pair of frames can make such a difference to many conditions but particularly glaucoma that is know as the "silent killer of sight".  

Developing countries need the right equipment to catch its early onset. So please, do a quick sweep around the home, the car, their office desks to see what we can do to help.’

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