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Since Helen Keller’s call to be “Knights of the Blind”
in 1925, Lions have crusaded for sight conservation.
Over the last nine years, Lions have sent nearly 48
million pairs of eyeglasses to the official Lions
Eyeglass Recycling Centers. While this number is
impressive, many more millions of glasses lie
forgotten in drawers, glove compartments and lost
and found boxes in offices, airports and hotels.
The Need is Great
One in four children can’t see well enough to read
without glasses. By age 40, 90% of all adults will
need eyeglasses. The lives of nearly 500 million
people around the world would be improved with a
simple pair of corrective eyeglasses.
statistics from the World Health Organization
demonstrate why Lions need to continue their
efforts to collect and recycle eyeglasses.
The eyeglasses that are donated to developing
countries allow a large number of people to see well
for the first time. Recycling a pair of eyeglasses costs
as little as eight cents; yet, the expense for correcting
poor vision is astronomical to many people in
developing countries. In many countries, an eye
exam costs as much as one month’s wages, and there
is often only one doctor for hundreds of thousands,
making it extremely difficult to meet with a doctor.
Poor eyesight that is left untreated can cause
blindness or force adults into unemployment.
Through eyeglass donation programs, glasses are
made available to millions each year.
The Path of Glasses
Ever wonder what happens after you’ve collected all
of those eyeglasses and sent them to the Lions
Eyeglass Recycling Center? Volunteers at the centers
sort through the thousands of sunglasses and
eyeglasses, separating them by type. The prescription
of the lens is determined, and each pair of glasses is
cleaned and packaged according to strength of
prescription. The glasses are then boxed and stored
waiting for mission teams to deliver them to people
in need in developing countries. Following eye
screenings, the glasses are distributed free-of-charge
to children and adults with impaired vision by
teams of Lions clubs and other groups.
You can help the Norfolk Lions, by donating your old eyeglasses.
We have a collection box, located at the transfer station.
Thank you for your support!!!