An eye care provider in Suffolk is participating in a programme intended to help young children living near Belarus that have been affected by radiation released in the1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Working out of Beccles, Observatory the eye care professionals have provided their services to a group of children whom had never received eye exams before.
Despite the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster taking place more than 30 years ago, there are still very high levels or radiation in the vicinity, which can have a serious negative impact on the health of people living in the area. Even though the children that these Opticians are treating were born long after the disaster, they are still showing the affects in can have on those that live near by.
Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, organizers of the program, works to bring groups of children to the UK for one month every year, the minimum amount of time for the radiation to dissipate from their systems. There is evidence to support that even a single month of radiation detoxification can extend a person’s life expectancy by as much as two whole years.
The senior optometrist who performed the eye exams, Rene Moor, said, “This is the second year we have helped with this initiative and we are delighted to be involved. The children are so polite and grateful, and for many this is the first time they have been to an optician so they find the experience fascinating.”
Due to the success of the programme, as well as the benefit provided to the children, the group looks forward to helping out another group in 2017.