Published On: Sat, Feb 22nd, 2014 on 3:45 pm

Local opticians appeal for your unwanted specs for Zambia

Vision Aid Overseas

Vision Aid Overseas helped Elisa Mulanga and Adams Mambwe in Zambia

Two Leeds opticians are urging people to dig out their old, unwanted glasses so they can be used to improve the eye health of those less fortunate in the developing world.

In an effort to help, Specsavers in Kirkstall and Crossgates are collecting spare and unused frames in store so they can be donated to Vision Aid Overseas, an international charity that provides eyecare for people living in developing countries.

Glasses which are dropped off at the stores will be recycled, and the money raised will fund Vision Aid Oversee’s work in Zambia, which includes giving people badly-needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.

According to the charity, eye diseases are among the ten major causes of high morbidity in Zambia.

It’s also estimated that there are over 120,000 blind people in Zambia and three million people with uncorrected refractive error, which is a common eye disorder.

Hari Nagra, store director at Kirkstall Specsavers, said: “The situation in Zambia is alien to us in Britain where professional eye care is available to all on the high street. For this reason it is important we do what we can to improve eye health elsewhere.

“There must be thousands of spare specs lying around in drawers around the country that are no longer of use to their owners.”

Last year, Kirkstall Specsavers collected over 600 pairs of old frames, while the store in Crossgates collected 500 pairs of unwanted glasses from local customers.

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