VCHP’s Christmas service tests the sight of over 300 patients

The festive period initiative saw practitioners detect a high level of pathology

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Practitioners volunteering for Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) over the Christmas period tested the sight of 302 patients, the charity has confirmed.

Offering free sight tests and spectacles to homeless people through Crisis London’s Christmas clinics, the charity has shared that the level of pathology detected was high, with 32 patients referred to a Crisis dedicated ophthalmologist.

Of those 32 people, following a consultation a number were referred for further treatment, including one patient who has retinitis pigmentosa.

In total, 232 pairs of spectacles were ordered and 102 ready readers dispensed.

Practitioners travelled from across the UK to volunteer for the clinics held in the capital over the festive period, including hospital optometrist, Nalayini Thangarajah, from Exeter.

Speaking about the experience, Ms Thangarajah, said: “It was lovely to work with such great people while volunteering as part of the Crisis eye care service. There were so many happy faces from both guests and volunteers.”

VCHP reported that in 2019 it hosted 300 clinics across the UK with optical volunteers donating 2450 hours of their time.