Independent provides sight test to Chernobyl children

Children from Belarus have had their sight tested at Edmonds & Slatter

Edmonds and Slatter staff pictured with a group of children from Belarus

A group of 13 children from Belarus in the Ukraine visited independent opticians Edmonds & Slatter for a sight test earlier this month.

The Glenfield-based practice ran an extra clinic to meet the needs of the children who are visiting the UK on a trip arranged by the charity Friends of Chernobyl's Children.

The charity arranges four-week visits to the UK for children growing up in Belarus in order to help them build up their immune systems.

Following the disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, Belarus received over 70% of the radioactive fallout and the emissions continue to affect children today.

During the visits to the UK, the children receive healthcare and English lessons.

Of the 13 children who had their sight tested at Edmonds & Slatter, five required spectacles. The practice gave each child a goodie bag containing a pair of Rock Star sunglasses, toys and sweets.

Edmonds & Slatter has been offering sight tests to children visiting with the Friends of Chernobyl's Children for the last 10 years.