Local Optician Helps Make Lives Brighter Romania

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

A PETERBOROUGH optometrist has helped give the gift of sight to people in Romania.


Local optometrist James Luff, 23, who works at Specsavers on Bridge Street travelled to Romania with the founder of charity Light for Life, Dave Bennett, to provide optical services to people in remote villages where poverty prevents most from ever having an eye test.


Mr Luff comments: 'This is my fourth trip to Romania and it was as rewarding and challenging as ever. When you meet people with little or no access to optical services you realise the struggles many face having to put their lives on hold as work becomes impossible without clear vision. Thanks to Light for Life, many people are now able to read and work with something as simple as a pair of glasses.'


Light for Life delivers screening and optician assistance to remote villages in Romania. In poorer countries, such as Romania, the majority of the population have never even had an eye test and without something as simple as a pair of specs, life can be extremely difficult.


Mr Luff continues: 'It is great to be able to make a tangible difference to people's lives. Along with Dave Bennett and the other volunteers at Light for Life, we have now provided local villagers with free eye tests and glasses - helping them move forward with their lives by giving them back their sight.'


To find out more information about Light For Life, please visit http://www.lightforliferomania.com/.


To book an eye examination at Specsavers, please visit Specsavers on 53 Bridge Street or call 01733 348 822.





Specsavers notes to editors                                                                            Jan 10                  

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
  • The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,480 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners.
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
  • Greater than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  • Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 35%. Our share of the opticians market is 38%.*
  • Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
  • Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations.
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf People. During their three year support for.Diabetes UK they raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
  • Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas for use in developing countries


*GfK Home Audit (Dec 2008)