Your Used - Yet Usable - Eyeglasses at ProCare Vision Center
Millions of children and adults in developing nations lack
access to basic eye care services and corrective lenses.
Poor vision profoundly affects their quality of life. For
children, vision loss can lead to failure in school, delays
in development, learning disabilities and even juvenile
delinquency. For adults, uncorrected vision can lead to
unemployment and the inability to support a family. Seniors
with vision loss are limited in performing daily activities,
depriving them of an independent lifestyle.
Lions Recycle For Sight
During the month of May, and throughout the year, Lions,
Leos and other volunteers collect used eyeglasses for
donation to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers that are
located around the world. The used eyeglasses are cleaned
and classified by prescription. Trained Lions volunteers and
other organizations hosting optical missions in developing
countries then distribute the glasses to those in need.
How You Can Help
If you have used prescription or nonprescription
glasses or sunglasses in your drawers, desks, or closets,
you can donate them now! Children’s glasses are especially
needed. Both plastic and metal frames are accepted.
If you would like more information about donating used
eyeglasses, or if your organization or school would like to
start an eyeglass collection campaign, contact the Health
and Children’s Services Department, Lions Clubs
International Headquarters, via email at:
Old Glasses Give New Life!
Lions help to conserve
sight by providing usable eyeglasses to children and adults
throughout the world. Donated eyeglasses can help millions
to experience corrected vision for the first time, enabling
them to read, attend school, gain employment and take care
of their families. Eyeglass recycling is one of the Lions'
most popular activities. Although the program was officially
adopted by the association in 1994, Lions have been
collecting glasses for more than 80 years.
Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses,
yet millions in developing nations lack access to basic eye
care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for
corrective lenses and continue to lend their support to the
Lions Recycle for Sight Program.