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Recycling your glasses: Give the gift of Sight

March 26, 2013

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For those of us who are able to see clearly without eyeglasses we may take the gift of sight for granted. We depend on our vision for many things in life. We use the gift of sight to work, cook and simply have fun in our day to day activities. Now imagine doing all these daily activities without the gift of sight. Sounds hard right?

For many low income individuals, glasses are not something that everyone can afford.  Eye exams, frames and lenses can add up to be quite a bit. They can be especially expensive for those of us without insurance.

For those of us who wear glasses, we often have a few pairs lying around from our past. These lenses most likely cost a couple hundred dollars each; it would be a shame to throw them away! Clean them up a little bit and do something good for your heart and fellow citizen. If we have you thinking about donating those used or outdated eyeglasses here are two good programs:

Check out Lens Crafters and Lions Recycle for Sight:

Lens Crafters has the One Sight program which has been around since 1998 and their mission is to “provide better sight for all—everything from free eye care to eyewear to important research that will change how people see tomorrow”.

The Lion’s club has locations all around the world where they use donated glasses to help others see well. Volunteers ensure that these glasses can be shipped at minimal costs. You can donate glasses locally; typical locations include libraries, schools, community centers, places of worship, coffee shops, optometrist offices and other public locations.

So next time you are checking out a new pair of frames don’t forget about those 250 million people that need glasses but cannot afford them. Take the extra time to donate your old pair and make a difference in someone’s life.

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