Leighton optician has the vision to help overseas

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The people of Africa benefitted from a whopping donation of 2,400 pairs of glasses from the community of Leighton Buzzard in 2013.

Specsavers in Waterborne Walk has been collecting customers’ used and unwanted glasses on behalf of global sight charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

With the help of Leighton residents and Specsavers, Vision Aid Overseas is fighting poverty and helping to improve the quality of life of those disadvantaged by poor vision.

All the collected glasses are recycled and the money raised is used to fund the charity’s work in developing countries. This includes giving people badly-needed eye tests and treatment, and training up local optometrists.

Ekta Kotecha, store director of Specsavers Leighton, said: “As eyesight is something that naturally deteriorates people often discover that they cannot use their glasses anymore. We encourage all of our customers purchasing new glasses to donate their old pair.”