Mobile opticians reaches people without eye care in East London


Vision Care for Homeless People has published a report on its pilot mobile opticians service for homeless people in East London. Since April, volunteer optometrists and clinic assistants have been taking portable eye testing equipment to Praxis Community Projects in Bethnal Green, a centre for refugees, asylum seekers and impoverished migrants. Working from a Doctors of the World clinic there, the charity’s teams provide free eye tests and glasses. Astonishingly, only 7% of the patients are able to receive the service on the NHS, but the charity covers the cost for everyone as the need is clear. The full report can be read here.

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