Specsavers Letchworth is urging locals donate their unwanted frames ahead of World Glaucoma Week in March.
Helping the developing world
Unwanted glasses can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world. The team at Specsavers Letchworth is keen to play their small part ahead of World Glaucoma Week on 6-12 March in helping those less fortunate save their sight.
How we can all help
Last year, Letchworth residents bought in over 1000 pairs of frames to the Letchworth store. These were then donated to Vision Aid Overseas – an international charity that is dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries.
What Vision Aid Overseas does
The charity raises money for their activities overseas by recycling old, donated frames in an environmentally-friendly way. This includes giving people those all-important eye tests and treatment by training up local optometrists. The role they play is vital in reaching nearly 640 million people (10% of the world's population) who are believed to be disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of spectacles.
Why the plea ahead of World Glaucoma Week?
Diagnosis and treatment for this condition is vital - it is the third most common cause of blindness and is responsible for 10% of blindness worldwide.
Amer Choudhry, store director for Letchworth says: "In the UK, we are lucky to have access to professionals who can assist with any eye health conditions. This is not the case in developing countries where poverty prevents children to the elderly getting access to eye care. By donating unwanted, out of date frames to this great cause, we can help to make a big difference.
"We have decided to make our plea now ahead of World Glaucoma Week as it would be great to get some momentum for this fantastic cause during a pivotal week in the charity’s calendar."