Record sight test figures for Crisis at Christmas

Vision Care for Homeless People tested the sight of more people than ever before through the Crisis at Christmas initiative

21 Jan 2016 by Emily McCormick

More homeless people than ever before benefited from a free eye examination from Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) over the festive period as part of Crisis at Christmas.

The charity tested the sight of 363 people during the seven-day service over the festive period, marking a rise of 60 eye examinations compared to the previous year.

Of those tested, 24 referrals were made for further investigation. Furthermore, a total 242 homeless people required single vision lenses, 68 were prescribed bifocals and 82 ready readers.

The annual service is run in London in partnership between the charity and Crisis. This Christmas, 85 optical professionals volunteered during the initiative.

VCHP runs a number of clinics across the UK covering London, Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton. For more information about the service and to volunteer, visit


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