Merthyr Tydfil optician helping the less fortunate in Uganda with Keeler equipment
Ophthalmoscope and retinoscope set used at clinic to screen over 700 people
Eye testing equipment donated by Keeler was recently used by Ruth Easton, an optician from Specsavers in Merthyr Tydfil, on a charitable mission to Uganda. Ruth spent two weeks at the House of Joy charity’s school in the Kasala region running an eye clinic, where she and two friends set up a temporary eye clinic.
While there they treated more than 700 people using the Keeler ophthalmoscope and retinoscope set. Almost three hundred pairs of frames – all donated from her local south Wales community – were also given away.
“I was inspired to arrange the trip to Uganda after I met the people who run House of Joy; I knew that I really wanted to do something to support them and their fantastic work,” explained Ruth. “As an optician I’m very aware of the importance of having a regular sight tests from a young age and understand that, sadly, not every child has access to eye care services.
“I can’t put into words how much joy there was in giving a 55 year old man his first pair of high prescription glasses, which not only changed the way he had viewed the world for 55 years, but also immediately improved his quality of life – or the gratitude seen in people’s faces when you gave out some simple dry eye drops which alleviated the pain and irritation they have been experiencing for years.
“And all this would not have been possible were it not for the kind contributions made by Keeler. So, from myself and from the people of Kalagi, “weebale” (thank you) for your contribution – they have literally transformed the lives of hundreds of people less fortunate than ourselves!”
Overwhelmed by the scale of need for eye care services and the positive impact her visit had on the families she met, Ruth is now planning her next trip abroad to help those less fortunate.
“We’re always very happy to support this kind of charitable work,” says Laura Haverley, Keeler’s Sales and Marketing Manager. “Eye care and preventing vision loss are critical to overall health and quality of life.”