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Ilford Optician Gives Gift Sight Russia

Monday, 12 October 2009


In August Amil Shah, an optometrist from Specsavers in Ilford, headed out to an International Medical Camp in the Republic of Tartastan, Russia on a week-long trip offering potentially life saving treatments.


Mr Shah says: 'The area that we went to was very poor and a large amount of the patients we treated had not had an eye examination for more than 20 years. I was honoured to have the opportunity to volunteer and help so many people - it was a very emotional and rewarding experience.'


During his trip, Mr Shah and the team of opticians carried out more than 1,500 eye examinations and treated infections, cataracts and patients who have lost their sight.


The people that visited the medical camp were also provided with a nutritious meal and additional donations including library books, textbooks, school and stationary and toys.


Mr Shah says: 'We often take the gift of sight for granted in the UK. Volunteering overseas has opened my eyes to how fortunate we are to have eye care so readily available.'


For more information, to make a donation to the charity or to book an eye examination please visit the Ilford Specsavers store on 92 High Road or call 020 8553 1122.

Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians in Ilford www.specsavers.co.uk/ilford

For further information please contact:
Emma Hurley
Tel: 020 7053 6024
Email: emma.hurley@beattiegroup.com

* Source: Statistic based on patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more. PJ Kertes, TM Johnson Eds. Evidence Based Eye Care (c) 2007

Specsavers notes to editors
• 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 eldest son John is joint managing director
• Specsavers has more than 1,060 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain and Australia
• Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.05 billion for the financial year 2008/9
• The group plans to continue its successful international expansion by opening stores in New Zealand
• 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 seventh year running by Reader’s Digest in 2008
• One in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers Opticians – eight and a half million glasses were sold during 2007
• 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 will offer a hearing service from more than 400 locations by the end of 2008
• Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Diabetes UK, for whom they have raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
• Since 2003 a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas for use in developing countries