An opticians has donated more than 500 pairs of glasses to a charity project which provides free eyecare in the developing world.
Specsavers in The Burghley Centre in Bourne donated the unused frames to the charity Vision Action.
The charity works in partnership with the Et Cam Foundation, an organisation which was set up to help orphans and vulnerable families living in Cameroon, Africa.
Four volunteers from Vision Action – all Specsavers opticians – recently went to Cameroon to provide free vision screening to thousands of children in the area and also trained an ophthalmic nurse and eight community workers in eye testing and dispensing glasses.
Store director at Specsavers in Bourne Ian Stradling said: “These glasses have the potential to change a child’s life.
“We take eyecare for granted in this country, but this could mean the possibility of employment and education for someone living in Cameroon who has never had access to an eye examination, or been able to gain a prescription to correct their sight.”
Ken Macdonald, store director at Specsavers Oban and founder of Vision Action, said: “We’ve helped so many people whose vision was only good enough to see hand movements from no more than a metre away, so giving them a pair of specs makes a huge difference to their vision and life.
“It was a hugely rewarding experience for everyone involved.’
Vision Action was set up with the aim of delivering eyecare and a sustainable supply of glasses at an extremely low cost to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
To keep costs down volunteers pay their own expenses and give up their holidays.
The charity also runs the Spec Vendors programme, whereby volunteers receive training, a uniform, sight testing equipment and a starter pack of glasses at no cost.
Complex vision problems and eye disease are referred to local hospital Vision Centres for expert care.
For more information about the charity’s work visit the Vision Action website.
For more details or to make a donation towards the charity’s work visit Specsavers in The Burghley Centre, Bourne, call 01778 422402 or visit the Bourne Specsavers website.