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Specsavers team tests sight in Ghana

Optometrists and dispensing opticians from the multiple spent nine days in the country testing the sight of 1842 people

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A team of seven optometrists and dispensing opticians who work for Specsavers across Leicester have tested the sight of 1842 people and handed out almost 3000 spectacles during a trip to Ghana.

The practitioners were in the West African country for nine days, during which they ran eye clinics alongside Ghanaian optometrists, translators and helpers.

Prior to the trip, Specsavers practices in Hinckley, Lutterworth, Wigston and Leicester collected spectacles donated by customers, which were then sorted by prescription so that they were ready to be dispensed in Ghana.

The trip, which was self-funded by the team, was run in association with the Ashanti development project, which aims to relieve poverty and promote health and development in Ghana’s Ashanti region.

Director at Specsavers in Hinckley and Lutterworth, Ab Roy, who is also an Ashanti volunteer specialist in the UK, said: “This is my fifth visit to Ghana as part of this project. It’s estimated that 95% of people who need glasses in Ghana don’t have access to affordable eye care services and glasses, so it was great to see the villagers wearing their specs proudly and to be able to make such a huge difference for some people.”

During their time in Ghana the team visited a local school to hand out gifts to the children.

“The time absolutely flew by and we’re all looking forward to the next trip already,” Mr Roy added.

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