If you have been wearing prescription glasses for a few years, you will probably have stashed all your old glasses in a drawer gathering dust. Although, you will never wear those pair of spectacles again due to a prescription change or outdated fashion, you still keep them. Unless you are keeping them for sentimental value, there is a way other can benefit from you recycling your old glasses.
Recycle your old glasses is as easy as 1-2-3
Simply take your old glasses to an optician who are participating in the recycling scheme. All the local independent opticians within Book An Eye Test are part of charity Vision Aid Overseas who handles the spectacle recycling process.
They recycle your glasses for their plastic and precious metal components. They also sell any retro or vintage frames they are donated on an eBay shop.
What happens to any money made from my recycled glasses?
The money Vision Aid Overseas receive due to you handing your unwanted glasses into your local practice is used to improve eye care services in their partner countries. There are several ways in which they do this.
- They go to more rural locations
- Run outreach clinics which provide free eye tests and affordable glasses to local people.
- They set up new eye care centres to provide these services on an ongoing basis.
- They teach local people to staff theses centres so there is on-going and sustainable eye care locally.
- They train people for a range of optical jobs in some cases working alongside Universities.
- They use the outreach clinics in rural areas to provide on the job experience needed for these staff to learn the job thoroughly.
Making a real difference
Many optical staff take part in trips, providing eyes tests and glasses. They love helping others and come away with a very satisfied feeling. Even something so simple as a pair of glasses for short sightedness can make the difference between someone being ‘blind’ and being able to make a living.
The eye care provided on these trips are for local people who cannot afford or even reach eye care service where they are. Some people traveled for miles to be seen. The recipients are always so appreciative.
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