Optometry student, Lauren Broderick, aged 21 from Teignmouth, has returned from her first overseas sight saving mission to Moldova in Eastern Europe.

Lauren joined six other students from Cardiff University and four qualified optometrists to carry out eye tests and fit glasses for people in temporary clinics in village halls, churches and communal buildings.

Learning about the value of eyecare

Lauren said: ‘The most memorable part of our trip was by far experiencing people’s reactions to their new glasses. Some began queuing to see us at 2am.

'It made me realise how in the UK we often take things for granted. From sight tests to cataract operations and glaucoma treatment, we are so lucky to have them all widely available and for free.’

Thank you to Specsavers Teignmouth

Lauren’s visit to Moldova was made possible thanks to a fundraising event at the Specsavers Teignmouth store and other fundraising drives.

The money raised was used to buy glasses to take, and also to make up and send more complex prescriptions back to Moldova once they returned to the UK.

A word from the store director

Store director, Michael Todd, added: ‘Thank you to everyone who donated their old specs or helped us fundraise in our marathon rowing challenge in the summer.

'It is great to hear first-hand from Lauren what a difference everyone has made.’

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