Many homeless people are struggling to function with poor vision, but volunteer opticians are easing the problem with weekly optician practices within the London Crisis Centre, at London’s Victoria and in Snow Hill, Birmingham.
“Some come to us for help because they just do not feel comfortable about going into a High Street opticians. It was always my aim to provide a comprehensive optician’s practice, but within an approachable environment for homeless people,” said Harinder Paul, an optometrist who set up the service.
Since opening Vision Care for Homeless has helped thousands to regain their self respect. One of the aims, mirroring that of Crisis, is to help people to get back to work.
“A lot of people need help to be able to read a job application form before they can get started, and even providing ready readers is a solution for many. Our patients are so grateful for what we do.”