Chernobyl youngsters visit Haywards Heath

Chernobyl children at Haywards Heath Specsavers SUS-150626-162143001
Chernobyl children at Haywards Heath Specsavers SUS-150626-162143001
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A group of youngsters from an area still affected by the Chernobyl disaster have visited a local optician to receive free eye examinations and glasses.

Specsavers in Haywards Heath recently hosted twelve children from Chernobyl, an area which remains contaminated with radiation nearly 30 years after the nuclear power disaster in Chernobyl.

Trevor Hoare, ophthalmic store director of Specsavers in Haywards Heath, says: “It’s vital that all children have regular eye checks.’

“The radiation they’re subjected to in Ukraine increases the chances of developing conditions such as cataracts, which would go undetected without an eye examination.

“Since there’s no access to eye care in their home town, we’re delighted to give them the opportunity here in Haywards Heath.’”

The visit has taken place as part of the children’s trip to the area and all treatment by Specsavers was completely free of charge.

For more information or to book an eye examination, visit Specsavers Opticians Haywards Heath, 89 South Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4LQ or call the store on 01444 250 990, or go to

Report and picture contributed by Specsavers.