Access to eyeglasses is a public health issue, and one that the opticians at Bonhomme à lunettes take seriously.
The Montréal-based company sends traveling opticians to communities across Quebec to fit clients of all ages with reasonably priced glasses, returning a portion of their profits to charity. As a social enterprise, their mission is to make eye care affordable for everyone.
Bonhomme à lunettes usually sends opticians to Eeyou Istchee two times a year, ideally at the same time as a visiting eye doctor. They bring crates of frames and all the tools needed to take measurements for the fabrication of lenses or to make repairs or adjustments on the spot.
On a recent weeklong visit to Waswanipi, coordinated by Specialized Services, optician Julie Régnier saw between 80 and 90 patients.
“What I like is the fabulous exchanges, the warmth of the people and the pure air,” said Julie. “Raised in Saguenay, I feel home every time I come up North”.