09.12.2009

Volunteering optometrists provide eye care to thousands

Volunteering optometrists provide eye care to thousands

A group of volunteering optometrists have been helping thousands of people in Africa with their sight issues.

The charity Vision Aid Overseas sent seven eye care professionals to Burkina Faso, where they examined over 4,000 people"s eyes, providing them with free care and glasses, reports the Croydon Advertiser.

Speaking to the news provider, one of the optometrists, Paras Kothari of Thornton Heath, said: "The trip was a humbling, perspective changing experience.

"We have a collection box for old glasses in our surgery, but I never really thought about where they go and the good they did."

He added that the eye care and treatment they received helped thousands of people gain a greater independence.

Vision Aid Overseas has provided 600,000 eye tests and 300,000 pairs of glasses to people in developing nations since its establishment in 1985.

The charity works by sending teams of volunteer optometrists and dispensing opticians abroad to set up clinics and screen large numbers of patients at once.

By Alexa Kaczka

by Martin Burns


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