The Langley Optometry Clinic will gladly accept the donation of your old pair of glasses to be donated to third world eye care organizations. Teams such as the Third World Eye Care Society Canada (TWECS), among other organizations, travel to developing countries to provide basic eye care and to distribute recycled eyeglasses to less fortunate people. Most of these organizations travel with 10,000 pairs of eyeglasses in order to find the correct prescription, or as close of an approximation as possible to the prescription required. Those that are not used return with the team for use on a future project.
Donating your old pair of eyeglasses can have a profound effect on the life of someone in a developing nation. In most cases, donated eyeglasses are the only feasible way to bring sight to many visually impaired people. These recycled glasses can be the difference between a father being able to work to feed his family or starvation. The gift of sight is equally valuable by all and visual impairment does not discriminate by race, gender or age. Imagine the feeling of a young child who constantly did poorly in school because he could not see the words in his books, and all of a sudden, the words make sense because he received the gift of recycled glasses, and along with that – the possibility of an education.
Yet while some mothers in poor, rural areas have never been able to clearly see the faces of their children, more than four million pairs of unused eyeglasses go into the garbage in North America each year. The good news is that you can make a huge difference in someone's life simply by donating your unworn eyeglasses and spreading the word to others.
Do you have an old, unbroken, complete (lens and frame) pair of glasses with an out-of-date prescription collecting dust in a drawer? Don't discard them – donate them!
Donated glasses are cleaned, their prescriptions verified and they are distributed to people in developing countries or areas where people can't afford glasses. Volunteer eye care teams take the library of donated glasses to developing countries and distribute them to people who need them. Eye care teams provide vision testing, refraction and eye health examinations 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.
The Langley Optometry Clinic can help by collecting your donated glasses and distributing them to the eye care organizations.
Please visit the Third World Eye Care Society Canada website: