Donate eyeglasses and sunglasses worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.
is a worldwide need to donate eyeglasses.
World Health Organization estimates that the eyesight of one-fourth of
the world's population can be improved through the use of corrective
That translates to 500 million people who could easily have
Recycling a pair of eyeglasses costs as little
as US 8 cents; however, the expense for correcting poor vision
is astronomical to those in developing countries.
In many countries, an
eye exam costs as much as a month’s wages. Affording these
costs is hard enough, but seeing a doctor is very difficult. There is
often only one doctor for hundreds of thousands of
Poor eyesight that is left untreated can cause
blindness and disable adults into unemployment. In many
developing areas, there is little or no choice but to accept this very
Consider the following,
and please donate sunglass and old eyeglasses if
Over 1 billion people in
developing countries need eyeglasses but cannot afford them.
Over 4 million pairs of
eyeglasses are thrown away each year in North America.
25% of the global population
50% of children in
institutions for the blind in Africa would be able to read normal or
large print if they had eyeglasses.
The price for glasses in
Benin and other African countries can exceed three months' average
Unite For Sight
is an organization that empowers communities worldwide
to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.
One way this is accomplished is through the distribution of
used eyewear from people like you. Please donate eyeglasses!
Gifts of eyeglasses
and non-prescription sunglasses will be provided to children
and adults in Nigeria, Malawi, Benin, Ghana, Uganda, Somalia, Cameroon,
Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Thailand.
For more than 80 years, individual Lions clubs and districts in the
U.S., Canada and several other countries have collected used eyeglasses
for distribution to the needy in developing nations. Since 1996, more
than 37 million eyeglasses have been collected, and the number of
donations each year continues to grow because of Lions clubs members.
Please donate old eyeglasses, used eyeglasses, bifocals, and
sunglasses and putting
them to a wonderful, humanitarian use.