Don’t Toss Those Eye Glasses - Donate Them!Author: Dr. William Tullo
July 10, 2013
Before your LASIK eye surgery, you might have had a love/hate affair with your eye glasses. If you’re like most who wear eye glasses, you spent a lot of time agonizing over the frames that would fit your face best, make you look smart, allow you to play sports, read, and live your daily life.
Now that you’ve had LASIK and don’t need to search for your eye glasses, why don’t you donate at a pair to someone else so that person, too, can enjoy the gift of sight?
Eye glasses and popularity trends
The World Health Organization estimates more than four million pairs of eye glasses are thrown away each year in North America alone. At the same time, more than one billion people in developing countries need eye glasses but cannot afford them.
You can help change these numbers.
Eye-glasses donations are an increasingly common way for those who have had LASIK to “pay it forward.” There are lots of simple ways to donate your old eye glasses to help people worldwide who need them.
The Lions Club has drop boxes in many convenient locations. You can also mail your eye glasses in a padded envelope here:
Lions Clubs International Headquarters
Attention: Receiving Department
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA
Donating your eye glasses
TLC Laser Eye Centers, North America’s largest laser vision correction provider, have boxes for Lion’s Club donations too. You can always contact your local vision center or call 877-TLC-2020 to find the closest TLC center that accepts donations.
You can also drop off your old eye glasses at a LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, Sunglass Hut or other vision centers that collect old eye glasses for the group OneSight. OneSight is a charity in North America that works to restore and preserve vision for adults and children in need, worldwide, who cannot see clearly. You can use the OneSight website (www.onesight.org) to easily search by zip code to find a donation site most convenient to you.
Don’t let your eye glasses continue to collect dust in the back of a junk drawer. If you’ve had LASIK, donate your old eye glasses today and give someone else the gift of sight!