Do you have old, unbroken, out of date prescription glasses collecting in a drawer? Don’t discard them. Donate them !! The donated glasses are cleaned, prescriptions verified and distributed to people in developing countries or areas where people can’t afford glasses. Volunteer eyecare teams take the library of donated glasses to developing countries and distribute them to people who need them. Eyecare teams provide vision testing, refraction and eye health examination for free. People who need vision correction are given a pair of glasses, again at no charge, that match or come very close their prescription.
PLEASE DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR OLD GLASSES. DONATE THEM TO AN ORGANIZATION WHO WILL RECYCLE THEM.
Things You’ll Need:
UNBROKEN, old, no longer needed prescrption glasses. They can be single vision, bifocals, progressives or sunglasses.
1 Find an eye doctor’s office with Lion’s Club glasses donation drop off box. Most offices have them. You can search the Yellow Pages to find a local eye doctors office, call ahead to ask if they have Lion’s Club glasses donation drop off box on site. Or call your regular eye doctor’s office to ask if they have the box.
2 Take your UNBROKEN old glasses to the eye doctors office and drop them off. Be assured that Lion’s Club will collect the glasses and transfer them to volunteer eyecare teams/organizations that will make sure they are distributed.
3 Once you’ve donated your glasses, feel proud of yourself for giving someone else the ability to see clearly who wouldn’t have had clear vision otherwise.
Tips & Warnings
People in developing countries struggle financially with day to day living and scraping by on next to nothing. They cannot afford eye examinations, let alone a pair of glasses to correct their eyesight. Your old, outdated glasses could give these people back their eyesight. They are always grateful to receive donated glasses..