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.

The Lanark store has donated an estimated 2,400 pairs of specs in the past six months with the help of the community.

Helping to improve eyecare in developing countries

Rubena Kerr, store director at Specsavers in Lanark, 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 Lanark have already helped us to donate a fantastic number of frames in the past six months. It would be fantastic to collect even more this year.’

Donate your old specs

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