Recycling Eyeglasses?

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When the style or the optical prescription no longer work for you, your glasses may benefit someone else. This page is about recycling eyeglasses.


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I have a couple extra pairs of old glasses that I don't want to throw away. What would you suggest I do with them?

By Dawn from Denver, CO


January 2, 20100 found this helpful

Dawn, The Lyons Club takes your eyeglasses!

The Lyons Club collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries and treat millions of people to prevent river blindness.

Call 303-798-6351
I also have heard that you can drop your unneeded eyeglasses at any "Lens Crafters" and they will make sure that the Lyons Club will get them.

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January 2, 20100 found this helpful

It is good to save an extra for backup in case your first pair breaks if you can still see with that RX. Or else donate the others:


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January 2, 20100 found this helpful

Check with your doctor or optician and see if they will take your old prescriptions. I recently took about 4 pairs of glasses from our family to my doctor's office where they collect them for the Lion's Club.

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January 5, 20100 found this helpful

Ditto on the lions club! I live in Sweden and wear glasses. I found a sort of a "mail box" to the Lions glasses donations at the local supermarket! Keep a look out, you might find one too!

I asked my mom for her old glasses too, and we even found my deceased grandmas old glasses. I ended up giving 10 pairs of glasses to lions! I also gave all the extra eyeglass cases I could find, I figured they could come in handy as well.


Feels good to get rid of clutter for charity!

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