Brighton’s dispossessed population is already benefitting from the Vision Care for Homeless People Clinic opening last week, with five people dispensed with glasses.
The challenge now is to ensure that the centre continues to run with volunteer optometrists and dispensing opticians needed to donate their service on Wednesday mornings from 9am to 1pm.
Kitted out with Topcon technology including a slip lamp, field screener, tonometer, retinoscope and ophthalmoscope, the practice running costs are being met by Specsavers for the next three years.
“This is a tremendous boost, so that we know we just have to find the staff to run the centre once a week. No one else is providing this level of care within a homeless centre in the area and we have already found that there is a clear need to do so,” said Clinic Manager and volunteer dispensing optician Mark Warner.
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