Light Without Borders
Light Without Borders is an NGO that provides free optometry and ophthalmic services and prescription glasses to refugees in Lesvos, Greece.
Many refugees have problems with their vision. They may have lost their glasses during their journey or have never had access to adequate eye care and cannot see well.
Light Without Borders operates an eye clinic in Moria refugee camp, where visiting volunteer optometrists and ophthalmologists offer professional eye examinations and dispense prescription glasses
Patients requiring more advanced treatments are treated by a local Greek ophthalmologist, Dr. Marselos Rallidis
We provide correctly specified glasses to patients free of charge. These are from our stock of donated glasses or especially made.
New machine for eye testing – and valuable training
Two optometrists from JustSpecs (justspecs.co.uk) visited the Light Without Borders clinic in Moria refugee camp in January 2020 to give training in the use of the autorefractor that the company has generously donated to the clinic. The new autorefractor is advanced equipment that will make eye testing in the clinic simpler, quicker, and more accurate.
We were delighted to welcome Tanjit Dosanjh and James Burton from JustSpecs to our clinic. Apart from training and advice, they also had time to test the eyesight and prescribe glasses for more than 30 people.
JustSpecs will also provide glasses free of charge to refugees on Lesvos. The glasses will be made to a very high standard in the UK by prisoners who being trained by JustSpecs to be optical lab technicians.
Tanjit founded JustSpecs and The Prison Opticians Trust in the UK to train prisoners in making glasses – a skill that can give prisoners career opportunities and will reduce reoffending. James works as an optometrist with The Prison Opticians Trust and has been part of the clinical tutor team at Plymouth University and also helps in the professional training of optometrists.
James, Mohammed, Luz, and Tanjit outside the clinic in Moria camp
With your donations and volunteer support, since 2016 we have been able to help more than 2000 refugees in Lesvos with eye tests and provide more than 1000 prescription glasses
Our mission is to provide professional eye care and comfort to people who have been forced to flee their homes through conflict and poverty.
Interested in volunteering…
Our clinic is staffed only by volunteers. We welcome optometrists and ophthalmologists who want to make a difference to the lives of the refugees in Lesvos and are able to spare a few weeks of your time.
We rely on donations to keep the clinic open and operational, to buy glasses and eye medication, and equipment.