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.

Community support

Specsavers in Kirkintilloch has donated an estimated 350 pairs of specs in the past six months with the help of the community.

Neil Drain, store director at Specsavers in Kirkintilloch, 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 Kirkintilloch have already helped us to donate a fantastic number of frames in the past six months. It would be fantastic to collect even more by the end of the year.’

Appeal

Locals can get involved in the ongoing appeal by dropping their old frames into the store on the Cowgate, 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.

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