The team at an opticians in Glenrothes recently welcomed children from Belarus into their store for an eye health check.

A group of six youngsters and an interpreter received free eye examinations during their visit to Specsavers Glenrothes. Two of the children required glasses and were provided with a new pair on the day.

The children live in an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and were in Scotland on a recuperative four-week holiday, organised by charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line. The organisation aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children still suffering from the aftermath of the 1986 explosion.

The visits, during which the children stay with local families, are said to boost their immune systems for at least two years, helping them to resist or recover from serious illness.

Delighted to welcome the children

Specsavers director Stewart Wilson said: ‘This is the fourth time that we have been involved with the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line recuperative visit and we are always delighted to welcome visiting groups into the store.

‘Our opticians carried out eye examinations on all of the visiting youngsters and it was wonderful to gift free glasses to those who needed them.

‘Having the correct eyecare can greatly improve quality of life and education. We often take access to eyecare for granted in this country, but sadly many of these children don’t get the treatment they need. It was a pleasure to be able to help.’

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