Stonehaven Specsavers focus on Vision Aid haul

300 pairs of unwanted used glasses have been donated
300 pairs of unwanted used glasses have been donated

Specsavers in Stonehaven are thanking those who donating more than 300 pairs of unwanted used glasses to help poorer communities.

The store has been collected spectacles in aid of Vision Aid Overseas, a UK charity established in 1985 which is dedicated to improving access to optical facilities and eyecare in the developing world.

The charity recycles all of the old glasses it receives and uses the money it makes to provide eyecare to people in need.

Nicola Stewart, director of Specsavers in Stonehaven, said: “We’re delighted with the amount of unwanted or used glasses we’ve collected in the past 12 months.

‘‘We are also grateful to all of our customers who have helped make it happen.

“We are proud to work with Vision Aid Overseas, to help raise awareness for countries where access to opticians and eyecare facilities are extremely difficult to come by.

“Poor eyesight affects all aspects of our lives including learning and working, which ultimately impacts income and livelihood.

‘‘It is easy to take something as simple as access to better eyecare for granted.”

Around 10 per cent of the world’s population – 670 million people - are disadvantaged by poor vision and inability to access optical care.

Professional volunteers have proven that a simple pair of glasses, with the right prescription, can give sight back to local people.