AN OPTICIAN has just returned from a rewarding trip to Africa as part of a charity effort to transform the lives of thousands of people.
Helen Denton, who lives in Little Neston and works at Orrells Opticians in Ellesmere Port, spent two weeks in Zambia with Vision Aid Overseas.
She was be part of a team of nine volunteers who carried out 2,500 eye tests in the space of nine days and were able to provide 75% of patients with glasses which were donated and recycled in the UK.
Helen said: “There was a lot of kids who were short-sighted and we found that many patients had really bad conjunctivitis.
“We ran out of eye-drops so all we could do was give people sunglasses which is the next best thing.”
For more information about Vision Aid Overseas go to www.vao.org.uk