In just about any household, one can find a pair of spectacles that are no longer being used.
“I’ll just keep these as a spare pair”
Sound familiar? – in the drawer they go never to see the light of day again.
Did you know that those same pair of spectacles can change another person's life?
The153 Million Reasons Why Lions Recycle for Sight
According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.
Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don't have glasses. They can't learn, because reading is difficult. They can't work to the best of their ability, because they can't see clearly.
For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others.
The International Lions sponsor a worldwide collection and distribution of used spectacles to third world countries where the recipients are not interested in the fashion statement of the frames, but in the lenses to let them have sight.
- Procedures for transporting recycled spectacles
- Your Unwanted Spectacles
- History and Background information on the Recycling Project
- DTP Depot List
- Address Label (PDF) Address Label (Word)