An optician in Galahiels is urging locals to donate their old, unwanted glasses to its New Year appeal, which aims to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

Specsavers in Galashiels is once again collecting unused frames at the store on Douglas Bridge for the Vision Aid Overseas charity and customers can get involved in the appeal by dropping their old frames into the in-store collection bin.

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. 

Committed to eyecare

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 care, with just a handful of qualified optometrists serving a population of 12 million.

Stuart Forrester, Store Director at Specsavers Galashiels, commented: ‘In Britain we are used to having access to excellent eyecare on our high streets but most people in Zambia are not as lucky so it’s important we do what we can to improve eye health there. 

‘There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers around the country that are no longer of use to their owners. All donations are welcome.’

Continued involvement

Specsavers has worked closely with Vision Aid Overseas for the last decade and is continuing to do so.

In this time, the opticians has raised more than £800,000 and has collected in excess of 250,000 pairs of glasses.

The money has been put to good use by funding the construction of a school for optometry in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and nine vision centres across the country.

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