Where do those eyeglasses go? - 08/01/17
With 18 eyeglass recycling centers worldwide, one as close as New Jersey and one as far away as Australia, the Lions Club International has worked for years restoring sight for hundreds of millions of people. Ever since Helen Keller attended an International Lions Club convention in 1925 and challenged the Lions to become, “knights of the blind crusade against darkness”, Lions clubs around the world have fought to raise awareness and funds for sight programs to restore sight and improve eye health. If you have been to our office in Plymouth, you have undoubtedly seen the Lions Club eyeglass collection box outside our office door. What happens to all those glasses in that box, you ask. Throughout the year, Lions Club volunteers collect the donations from boxes around the Plymouth area and deliver them to regional eyeglass recycling centers. Recycling center volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. The glasses are then distributed in communities where they will have the greatest impact. Just think, a pair of glasses for a child could mean learning to read. A pair of glasses for an adult could mean a job, independence, and an opportunity to thrive.
We support our local Lions Club efforts and partner with them to donate as many old, unused prescription eyeglasses, filling that box as many times as we are able. Once our patients have had laser vision correction surgery, and their glasses are no longer useful to them, we ask if they would like to donate and are so thankful that so many drop them in the box. Our patients having cataract surgery are also very generous as are our families in the practice whose children have grown out of a frame or a prescription. Even over the counter reading glasses that are no longer the right power to be effective are collected by the Lions Club. It is a group effort changing lives, one pair of eyeglasses at a time and we thank you.
We applaud the Lions Club and their great works and thank them for adding the Diabetes challenge to their list of top causes. The fight against Diabetes was chosen by the Lions Club Organization because it is a growing epidemic that crosses all cultures. The Lions global, network of volunteers are uniquely suited to help with diabetes awareness programs, education, prevention, and research.
To get involved or read more about the Lions Club http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php
To volunteer locally https://www.theplymouthlions.org