Glasses wearers may have to dip into savings accounts

People who rely on state benefits in order to buy glasses could be forced to dip into their savings accounts to get their new frames, after the government announced funding cuts.

The Visioncare agency has been providing free spectacles to pensioners, the disabled and the poor since 1992, but now the authorities have suspended funding for the rest of the financial year.

It will not receive any more money until July, after the scheme ran over its $4.8 million budget, the Daily Telegraph reports.

This could affect up to 26,000 people and any savings that these low earning people have managed to accrue could be eaten into as a result.

Visioncare chair Professor Brian Layland told the news provider that he was particularly concerned about injuries that elderly people may suffer following a fall because they cannot see where they are going.

It seems that residents of Queensland are feeling the pinch the most at the moment, after the Courier-Mail reported that the number of people in the state who are shunning healthcare and medication because of the extra costs is higher than in any other part of Australia.

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