Sussex opticians donate slit-lamp to UK based Kenyan eyesight charity

Slit lamp for SeeKenya
Vicki Macken and Paul Watts from Hassocks Eyecare Centre with SeeKenya’s Charlotte Olive and the slit-lamp. Photo: Facebook/Hassocks Eyecare Centre

An opticians in Sussex have donated a special piece of equipment to a Kenyan charity.

Hassocks Eyecare Centre have donated a slit-lamp to UK based charity SeeKenya which works within the East African country to reduce blindness as well as providing specialist treatment and high quality eye care services to marginalised communities.

Twice a year, the charity sends teams of up to 15 volunteers to set up temporary clinics in the central Kenyan county town of Meru where they use one of the local church buildings as a base from which to provide full eye tests and eye health screening for every person who visits the clinic.

An on-site glazing lab makes it possible to craft glasses for the patients, usually on the same day. Currently the Burgess Hill based charity helps around 2,500 Kenyans annually by providing glasses, sunglasses and sight saving medication.

Over 95 per cent of Kenyans have no access to eye care and going blind can bring education, job and the individual’s independence to an end, with life expectancy reduced to around five years.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) claims that 80 per cent of visual impairment is preventable or treatable and SeeKenya are working towards that target.

According to SeeKenya, a small donation can make a big difference with £3 supplying drops to prevent blindness in ten children and £20 providing glasses for seven people.

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