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Where to donate your glasses

Do you know what four billion people on Earth have in common? It’s not hair color, height or skin color. It’s actually those lenses on your face. It’s true, about 64% of adults wear glasses.

However, over a billion people still need glasses, and it’s no secret that glasses are expensive and often hard to find. So what can you do to help? Donate your old pair, of course!

Here are a few places in the Bay Area and beyond that accept eyeglasses for donations.

Lions Club International Foundation

This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has more than 1.4 million members worldwide and has been in existence since 1916. They have Lions Clubs all over the world, with many located in Berkeley. Each club receives donations of lightly worn work glasses and matches them with people around the world based on prescription and fit. If you’re looking for a reputable organization to find a perfect match for your glasses, check out the Lions Club.

Good will

Your local goodwill is once again proving an incredible resource for redistribution. When donating glasses to Goodwill, they will ask for the prescription and make sure the set is in good condition. Once these steps are completed, the organization will associate the glasses with community members. This route is a great option for helping low-income people locally.

The same goes for thrift stores. If you don’t have access to goodwill or another non-profit organization, your local thrift store will most likely resell your old glasses at an affordable price, providing opportunities for those who can’t afford to. buy new ones.

Your local optometrist’s office

If you want expert information on what to do with your old glasses, turning to your eye care provider is also a great option. Many eye centers (including the Meredith W. Morgan Eye Center at UC Berkeley) have donation stations in their executives department. When buying a new set, be sure to bring your old ones and see if they have a resource for donations.

A few things to remember

By donating your old glasses, you will significantly extend their lifespan. Glasses are a product designed and manufactured to fit one person, but with organizations like these, they can be a resource for more people.

Another thing to note, however, is that glasses cannot be put in the recycling bin. Many people try to recycle damaged glasses, thinking the materials can still be used for something else. However, glasses are something that recyclers keep yearning for. Instead, try fixing or rearranging your glasses. Lensology offers lens re-icing services, so you can simply change lenses and refinish frames.

So the answer is crystal clear. Before scheduling your next eye appointment, don’t forget to donate your old pair and help someone.

Contact Sophie Horvath at [email protected].