06.05.2009

Formby residents urged to donate glasses

Formby residents urged to donate glasses

By Martin Burns

High blood pressure and vision problems overseas are both being targeted this weekend in Formby.

When the Rotary Club of Formby holds its yearly event for checking blood pressure on Saturday, it will also be holding a collection for unwanted glasses and cases, reports the Formby Times.

These will then be given to Eye Aid for Africa.

There will be two senior nurses to check people"s blood pressure at the event.

Last month, Pakistani publication The News reported that the country"s capital has seen a rise in the demand for prosthetic eyes.

Mohammed Rashid of the Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital in Islamabad spoke about the issue.

Mr Rashid, who is the head of the artificial eyes and contact lens department at the hospital, said that the number of people coming in for artificial eyes has increased and is now ten or 12 every week.

Availability, affordability and quality were three reasons he gave for the fact that more people are asking for the service.

by Adrian Galbreth


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