A group of youngsters from Chernobyl have visited Specsavers in Haywards Heath to receive free eye examinations and glasses.


The opticians hosted 15 children visiting from Belarus, which remains contaminated with radiation more than 25 years after the nuclear power disaster.

Trevor Hoare, store director of Specsavers in Haywards Heath, says: ‘We have invited the children into the store again and we welcome them back with open arms.’

Danger of radiation

Regular eye checks are an important part of a healthcare routine and access to eyecare is not available for the children in their home town. The radiation they’re subjected to increases the chances of contracting illnesses such as cataracts which would go undetected without an eye examination.’

Free treatment

The visit has taken place as part of the children’s overall visit to the area and all treatment by Specsavers will be completely free of charge.

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