Armed with 2,500 pairs of glasses and 3,000 pairs of lenses, which had been donated by Optical Express, the quartet were faced with a seemingly insurmountable task. 30%(1) of the Syrian population currently live in poverty, working long hours in tough industries such as agriculture – which employs 26%(2) of the country’s labour force. Eye care is simply not an option for a population who struggle to support their families and look after their children because of their declining eyesight.
The Optical Express team travelled to the regions of Salamiyya, Hama and Alghab treating patients ranging from children with Cerebral Palsy to adults who would be diagnosed as blind in the UK. Over 40% of patients suffered from diabetes and even more from conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment.
(1) US Department of State
(3) CIA Fact book
(4) World Bank, World Development Indicators
SOURCE Optical Express