1,000 books set to help African eyes

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A charity based in Milton Keynes has received more than 1,000 specialist books to help detect eyesight problems in Uganda.

LightForce International, based at the Milton Keynes Christian Centre, Oldbrook, is working in the Lira region of the African nation.

LightForce International workers educate teachers to use the books, supplied by UK eye care provider Optical Express, to identify sight issues in children.

George Ridley, international director at LightForce International, said: “We are incredibly pleased to be receiving the donation of these books from Optical Express. The simple but effective use of the book will allow us to educate teachers across an impoverished region to spot early eyesight problems in the children they teach.

“We do what we do because there are many children in need around the world who need the hope of a better future. These health issues would otherwise go undetected as eye care resources in the region are scarce.”

The book, Eye See a Dragon in the Glen, tells the story of a little Troll hunting in the Highlands. It includes two key vision checks: to check that both eyes see clearly; and a test with 3D glasses to check both eyes are working well together.

Dasi Raju, a clinical director at Optical Express said: “We are totally committed to helping educate parents, teachers and families on the importance of children’s eye health, so when we learned we could help LightForce International we didn’t hesitate to get involved.

“It is extremely important that as many children as possible have access to this book which we know can improve early detection of vision issues which traditionally has been a real challenge.”