October 26th, 2016

Leamington opticians donates glasses to help people in Africa

Leamington opticians donates glasses to help people in Africa Leamington opticians donates glasses to help people in Africa
A health volunteer in Uganda is measured for glasses.
Updated: 7:53 am, Aug 31, 2015

OPTICIANS in Leamington have a clear vision when it comes to helping those in need.

Space Healthcare has raised much needed funds for international development charity, Vision Aid Overseas (VAO), by participating in the charity’s Spectacles for Africa programme.

The Clarendon Avenue clinic appealed for donations of old and unwanted frames and has already received more than 250 pairs of spectacles for the cause.

Rob Morgan, director at Space, said: “Many of our patients have undergone eye procedures such as Raindrop, a corneal inlay which means that they can throw away their reading glasses.

“These unwanted spectacles mount up very quickly and so we’re happy to be able to donate them to Vision Aid Overseas, who in turn exchange them for funds which will help provide long-term eye care for patients across Africa.”

The international development charity was set 30 years ago in 1985 by a group of optometrists and dispensing opticians and has gone on to help over a million patients in 26 countries.

As well as providing basic eye care for those who cannot afford it. VAO facilitates the provision of eye examinations, training of optometry technicians and building of new vision centres in countries including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zambia.

VAO spokesman Andy Holliday said: “It is fantastic to receive support from Space Healthcare in Leamington.

“Their hard work on our behalf helps us to transform the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest countries who would otherwise be disabled or disadvantaged by bad vision.  I would like to say an enormous thank you to them and to everyone who donated spectacles, or helped to collect them.  They should be very proud of the difference they have made.”

Visit www.space-healthcare.co.uk for further details.