Bridlington Lions mark World Sight Day

A cheque being presented to Simon Wood by Bridlington Mayor Michael Charlesworth, Dave Sutton of Bridlington Lions Club and members of Guide Dogs for the Blind, before Simon left for Mongu, Zambia

A cheque being presented to Simon Wood by Bridlington Mayor Michael Charlesworth, Dave Sutton of Bridlington Lions Club and members of Guide Dogs for the Blind, before Simon left for Mongu, Zambia

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BRIDLINGTON Lions Club marked World Sight Day last week with a display in the Promenades Shopping Centre urging the importance of having regular eye tests.

Trained opticians are able to pick up a number of serious diseases through such tests and advise everyone to get tested at least every two years.

World Sight Day coincided with a week dedicated to Guide Dogs for the Blind and local representatives were on hand with two guide dogs, Kibo and Oake.

The club actively supports The Lions Sight Savers Trust through regular donations which are used to provide cataract operations, the training of ophthalmic medical nurses and ongoing eye care services in Africa and Asia.

This year, the club has also been able to support Simon Wood from Specsavers in Bridlington who will be working with the charity Vision Aid Overseas in Mongu, Zambia, during December.

He will be training local eye care workers in the technical aspects of ophthalmic dispensing of the correct spectacles from a prescription and the cutting, adjusting and fitting of lenses.

The club is also supporting Dr Van der Hoek, an ophthalmic surgeon from Scarborough, who has been performing special cataract operations on children in Cameroon which have been specially successful.

The club thanks the three opticians within the town – Specsavers, Crown Optical, and both branches of Langtons, Prospect Street and High Street, Old Town – for their help in the collection of old spectacles.

Anyone with old pairs of glasses lying around the house can drop them into the Lions recycling bins at the opticians and the club will make sure they benefit a person in need in Africa or Asia.