How to Put Your Old Eyeglasses to Good Use

When cleaning out my Dad’s desk drawers a few years back, I found several pairs of old eyeglasses.  Most were still in great shape – – some a little “dated” but the lenses were in good condition.

I donated them to a couple of really good causes.

OneSight:  OneSight is “a family of charitable vision care programs dedicated to improving vision through outreach, research and education. Since 1988, these charitable efforts have provided free vision care and eyewear to more than seven million people in need around the world and have granted millions of dollars towards optical research and education.”

The thing I like about this program is just how convenient it is to donate.  I was able to drop my family’s old eyeglasses off at my local Pearle Vision store and they immediately gave me a receipt that I could use for a tax deduction purposes.

Donations are also accepted at any: LensCrafters, ILORI, Optical Shop of Aspen, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical or participating local practitioner. Find the donation location nearest you today!

The optometrist that I have been seeing at Pearl (formerly D.O.C.), personally distributes the glasses when he donates his time and professional services in third world countries.

The Lions: Over the years, my family has donated several pairs of glasses to our local Lions’ Clubs.  A couple of years back, I dropped glasses off in a box supplied by the Lions in the lobby of a real estate office in Royal Oak, Michigan.  My Uncle Chuck had been a long time member of the Lions so I felt particularly good about donating to their collection.

The Lions website says they currently have eleven recycling centers in the United States.  Click here for the complete list of recycling centers.