DJ Chris: How I’m help­ing thou­sands of chil­dren to see

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Femail - By Jonathan Pe­tre

CHRIS EVANS is ap­peal­ing for do­na­tions to pro­vide spe­cial glasses to thou­sands of chil­dren in im­pov­er­ished coun­tries who have poor eye­sight.

The be­spec­ta­cled broad­caster is back­ing ef­forts to send teenagers in the de­vel­op­ing world spec­ta­cles that they can ad­just them­selves ac­cord­ing to their pre­scrip­tion.

The lenses con­sist of two thin mem­branes sep­a­rated by sil­i­cone gel. The wearer sim­ply looks at an eye chart and pumps fluid into them from a fit­ted sy­ringe to change the cur­va­ture of the lens, which ad­justs its strength.

The Ra­dio 2 DJ and Mail on Sun­day mo­tor­ing cor­re­spon­dent said: ‘I have never heard of such a sim­ple de­vice that is go­ing to change so many lives.’ Their in­ven­tor, Pro­fes­sor Joshua Sil­ver of Ox­ford Univer­sity, said there were an es­ti­mated 100mil­lion school-age chil­dren in the de­vel­op­ing world who strug­gled to read from a black­board. He said: ‘Have you ever thought about what it would be like to need eye­glasses and not have them?’

Mr Evans started wear­ing glasses at seven and said it had changed his life be­cause he could see a black­board. He is back­ing the UK-based char­ity Child Vision, which aims to raise £800,000 to dis­trib­ute 50,000 pairs of the glasses to chil­dren across Africa, Asia and Latin Amer­ica. The Child Vision web­site is at: cvdw.org/child­vi­sion/

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