Global Eye Care: Project Punjab

Dr Scott Mackie reflects on an educational trip to India

The Right to Sight team at a community kitchen

Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment through uncorrected refractive error and, as such, a team from the UK set out to the Punjab in India for a Right to Sight project.

We recycled 8,000 pairs of spectacles from the UK that were sorted by prisoners in HMP Barlinnie and taken to India through humanitarian donations from airlines British Airways and Vistara.

The spectacles have to be in good condition with any cyls and anisometropia over 0.75 rejected hence having the nearest or similar best vision sphere in each eye.

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