Sunetra found that lots of the men were shy about confessing they had vision problems. Sunetra went on the BBC Asian Network Big Debate show on 25 February, where she reflected on the reluctance many drivers showed to open up about their eyesight. “People don’t want to hold up their hand up and say: ‘you know what, I’ve got no vision, I can’t quite see as well as I could do… but I can’t say anything in case I lose my job,’” she said.
“Despite all this, look how easily we can fix it – and what’s the result? If we can save one life from being lost because we gave these people a pair of glasses then surely that’s a good thing.”
You can listen to Sunetra’s interview on the BBC Asian Network here. It starts from 2 hours and 12 minutes in.
Our chairman, Sir Clive Jones, also recently visited our eye health projects with truckers in India. You can read about his experience here.
Sunetra stars as Kaneez on the Channel 4 show Ackley Bridge, for which she won Best TV Character at the Asian Media Awards last year.
She has been a Sightsavers supporter since 2009, when she wore a blindfold for a day to highlight the plight of thousands of blind women around the globe.