A local opticians in Peterborough welcomed 22 children from an area affected by the Chernobyl disaster to provide them with eye tests and eye care.

The Specsavers store, located at 53 Bridge Street, hosted the kids who have travelled over from an area that still remains contaminated 25 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The children were given eye tests and goody bags as well as an opportunity to experience the store.

Eye tests

Over 2 days, 22 children were given eye tests by store director Chintu Patel and store optometrists Raheel Khan, Simon Kaneri, Bhavisha Patel and Mohsin Ali. Six of the children who were tested were also given glasses and they all left with goody bags filled with chocolates, sweets and colouring books and pencils.

Eye opener

Store Director, Chintu Patel, says: ‘Health is something we often take for granted in this country as it’s so readily available to us. Having the children come into store has been real pleasure and an eye opener.

‘These children come from a highly contaminated area where the radiation can cause many health complications, including their eyesight, and as they are unable to get the testing and treatment required, it is important that we can do our part to help and educate them.’

The visit took place as part of the children’s overall visit to the area and all treatment by Specsavers was completely free of charge.

Eye examination

For more information or to book an eye examination call 01733 348 822.

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