If you have spare contact lenses that are unused because your prescription has changed or you have stopped wearing them, it does seem sensible to recycle them. There are many people in the world who cannot afford glasses or contact lenses, so by recycling them you could be helping someone to see properly. There are many schemes for recycling used eyeglasses. Recycling of contact lenses is a fairly new concept, but it is easy to do.
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Things you need
- Unused contact lenses
- Protective envelope
Package your unused lenses, ensuring that they are securely sealed. Only unused contact lenses can be accepted for donation.
Use a bubble envelope or other padded envelope to ensure that the lenses won't be damaged in transit.
Write the following address clearly on the envelope:
Lens Lady Eyeglass Donation
c/o Lions Club
300 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
Some other groups that accept contact lenses:
New Eyes for the Needy
549 Millburn Ave.
Short Hills, N.J. 07078
MADRE Helping Hands Campaign
121 West 27th St., Suite 301
New York, NY10001
Send your package. You have successfully recycled your lenses.
Tips and warnings
- Check whether there are any facilities in your area that recycle contact lenses. Ask local opticians for information.
- Never send used contact lenses for recycling. They could carry diseases and infections.
- Plastic containers for contact lenses can't be recycled with other plastics. Ask your optician whether she recycles these.
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