Seeing the difference your old spectacles make

A man has his eyes tested at the medical camp supported by the eyewear amnesty organised by Davis Optometrists

A man has his eyes tested at the medical camp supported by the eyewear amnesty organised by Davis Optometrists

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More than 1,000 people living in a poverty-stricken Indian slum will be given improved vision thanks to an eyewear amnesty held in Northamptonshire.

People in the county donated their unwanted glasses and spectacles to the appeal organised by Davis Optometrists, which has branches in Kettering, Rothwell and Thrapston.

Last month’s collection saw the optometrists team up with the Slum Doctor Project, a UK charity which stages make-shift medical camps every March.

Seven boxes of donated eyewear are being shipped out this week to the encampment in the country’s Punjab region and will be sorted on arrival before being prescribed for free.

Kim Durden, a partner optician at Davis Optometrists, said: “We would like to thank the good people of Northamptonshire for a truly magnificent effort.

“These old pairs of glasses and spectacles will make a life-changing difference to everyone who receives them.”

Dr Vijay Bangar, director of the Slum Doctor Project, said: “In this country we take good quality eye care like that provided by Davis Optometrists for granted, but in parts of India it is just not available unless you have lots of money.

“This impressive haul of glasses will make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“For instance, some of our patients will be able to see their grandchildren properly for the first time.”

Last year the Slum Doctor Project medical camp treated 8,000 patients.

The team arranged for 300 eye operations, 300 hearing aids were fitted and 50 serious surgical operations were organised.

To follow the progress on this year’s camp search ‘Slum Doctor Project’ on Facebook.

Davis Optometrists, which has five branches across the area, is planning to stage another eyewear amnesty for next year’s Slum Doctor Project camp.