Opticians in the Southampton catchment have collected over 4,000 pairs of used and unwanted glasses from the community in just three months, to help improve access to eyecare services in developing nations.

Vision Aid Overseas turns 30

The team from Specsavers in Bitterne, Shirley and Totton encouraged residents to donate to the scheme in aid of international sight charity Vision Aid Overseas, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Leighton Simmons, store director of Specsavers Bitterne, Shirley and Totton says: ‘We’re overwhelmed by the response from the community. It’s wonderful that the sale of the reusable materials from these glasses will now go towards helping support those less fortunate.’

Carrying on the collection

Vision Aid Overseas works in six African nations to establish vision centres, train healthcare workers and utilise the expertise of volunteers to give people desperately-needed eye examinations and treatment.

Leighton adds: ‘We’re going to carry on the collection as we know many more people may still have an old or unwanted pair of specs at home, so we’d like to encourage everyone to come and donate in store.’

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