How to donate used prescription glasses

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How to donate used prescription glasses
Give your old prescription glasses a second life by donating them. (glasses image by Joann Cooper from

When you are an eyeglass wearer, there are a number of reasons to change your glasses. It could be that your prescription has altered or maybe you just want a new style. The problem that you are then faced with is what to do with the glasses that you no longer use. In the United States and around the world there are people who are unable to afford the luxury of a pair of glasses for themselves. With the help of charitable organisations and donations made by eyeglass wearers, underprivileged men, women and children have an opportunity to see clearly.

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Things you need

  • Internet access
  • Padded envelope
  • Sturdy box

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    Check the lenses of your old prescription glasses to verify that they are in good condition. Confirm that the lenses are not broken or overly scratched.

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    Check the frame to ensure that plastic frames are not broken or cracked and that metal frames are not bent or warped. Ensure that the glasses are not missing nose-pads or screws.

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    Ask your optometrist or ophthalmologist if they accept used prescription eyeglasses. If they do not have a drop box for glasses and do not take donations, ask where the nearest donation drop-off location is in your area.

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    Go to public organisations where the community socialises and holds gatherings such as the library, community centre, places of worship and schools. These types of organisations often set out Lions Club sponsored collection boxes to gather used prescription glasses. The Goodwill is another location that often works with the Lions Club in collecting used prescription glasses. Contact or visit your Goodwill to see if they are a drop-off location. If you are unable to locate a drop-off spot in your town, go online and locate a centre nearest you by clicking on the state and entering your postcode.

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    Check online to locate companies that accept prescription eyeglass donations by mail. Review their policies and specific mailing instructions, particularly if you are sending more than one pair of glasses at a time. Most often you will be required to send the glasses in a padded envelope or in a sturdy box with plenty of padding or filling for protection.

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