Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Recycling old spectacles

For anyone who wears spectacles you may have some old specs you don't wear anymore. Or perhaps you know another person in your social circle who has old specs lying around.
There is a charity called Vision Aid which collects spectacles of all kinds and takes them to countries where there is no state health care, national health service and people are living in difficult situations, some of them have never had an eye test and would never be able to afford to buy glasses. I remember when I was very young and I was taken to the optician and got my first pair of glasses. When I put them on I was completely amazed at what I could see. Before glasses, everything was blurred and I could not see anything in the distance. However, not knowing any different, I did not realise I was severely short sighted. Children usually believe their own experience is the same as other people's experience, whether that be their abilities or their living situation.
So Vision Aid collects these pre-used glasses, then sends them to areas where people are in need of eye care, and with their teams of optical professionals, matches the glasses to those who need them.
In Newcastle, SpecSavers in Eldon Square have a collection box for these glasses. I went there yesterday and gave them to one of the staff to put in the box.
In the video it shows exactly what happened to me, through the story of a child in Sierra Leone.

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