The Sutton-in-Ashfield Specsavers store was visited by the Pastor of Ghana’s ‘Dreamlands’ school on his recent visit to the UK.
Pastor James D. Dugger visited Specsavers after noticing his vision deteriorate in the weeks prior to his trip to the UK. After carrying out an eye examination, optometrist Stuart Green was able to determine that Pastor Dugger had a condition known as central venous occlusion, resulting in blurry vision, and glaucoma in his left eye.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the UK
‘As we’ve supported the Ashanti Development Project in Ghana in recent years, we were happy to help Pastor Dugger who has done so much to help young people in one of Ghana’s most deprived areas,’ says Nigel Davidson, store director of Specsavers Sutton-in-Ashfield. ‘After discovering the Pastor’s condition, we provided him with advice and made a referral to colleagues in Ghana where he would be able to seek further treatment.’
‘Pastor Dugger’s visit highlights to importance of regular eye examinations,’ continues Nigel. ‘Glaucoma affects around 20% of Ghana’s population and is also the leading cause of preventable blindness in the UK, but regular eye examinations can ensure signs are spotted, allowing treatment to begin as soon as possible.’
Since establishing Dreamlands school in Ghana in 2003, Pastor Dugger and his wife have been able to help more than 3,000 children from the Akumadam community to access education. Supported by Repton School in Derby, Dreamlands has been able to improve its facilities in recent years and currently offers education to 600 students from disadvantaged backgrounds.