Vision Care for Homeless People has started the Homeless Eye Health Alliance. This is a program that is designed to provide eye care to the less fortunate. The charity’s goal is to provide eye care to 40 percent of the homeless population by the year 2020. It is estimated that 31 percent of the homeless population is currently being served by Vision Care for Homeless People.
Elaine Styles is the head of the charity. She stated that the homeless population in the United Kingdom is growing. She stated that they want to do everything that they can in order to make sure that the vulnerable have their needs taken care of. They will be opening more mobile clinics and regional centers in 2018.
Elaine stated that any business that wants to sponsor a mobile clinic, should reach out to him. Ben Miles is a patron of Vision Care for Homeless. He recently helped host a launch event. The event was held on November 23 at the London’s Landsome Club.The dinner was sponsored by Dame Mary Pervins. She is the co-founder of Specsavers. The attendees were able to raise £4000 for the event.
Studies have shown that homeless people are more likely to have eye problems than the general population. They are also more likely to have general health problems due to things like drug abuse, infections, trauma and smoking. Homeless people are three times more likely to have macular degeneration. Health problems like hypertension and diabetes can lead to eye problems. They can also cause blindness.
Vision Care for Homeless People hopes that they will be able to help more homeless people save their eyesight.