A thousand specs collected for Indian slum

Lynne Tubb and Pat Groenestein of Davis hand over the collection to Ashok Bangar from the Slum Doctor Project
Lynne Tubb and Pat Groenestein of Davis hand over the collection to Ashok Bangar from the Slum Doctor Project

The Olney Eyewear Amnesty has helped collect unwanted glasses and spectacles for a poverty stricken slum in India.

A thousand items of eyeware were collected by Davis Optometrists on Olney High Street and this week they will be sent to a Punjab medical camp run by the Slum Doctor Project.

Last year the Slum Doctor Project treated 8,000 patients, arranged for 300 eye operations, the fitting of 300 hearing aids and organised 50 serious surgical operations.

Kim Durden, a partner optician at Davis Optometrists, said: “We would like to thank the good people of Olney for a truly magnificent effort. These old pairs of glasses and spectacles will make a life changing difference to everyone who receives them.”

Davis Optometrists is planning to stage another eyewear Amnesty for next year’s Slum Doctor Project’s medical camp.

The progress on this year’s camp can be found on the Slum Doctor Project Facebook page.