Got unwanted eyeglasses? Here is an opportunity clear out clutter and help another. The California Lions Friends in Sight accepts donations of used eyeglass at the Hemet Library, Hemet Wal-Mart and several other locations in our valley. Please visit their website for more information.
The following is from http://www.californialionsfriendsinsight.org/recycle.shtml:
Your older prescription eyeglasses have unlimited value. When you donate them to the California Lions Friends in Sight they get collected and forwarded to one of two local recycling centers. At these centers, the useable eyeglasses are cleaned, disinfected, verified and catalogued into storage containers based on power, lens style and frame style such as man’s, woman’s, boys or girls, etc.
When these centers have excess inventory, that inventory gets sent to other national and or international recycling centers or similar organizations for use.
As a source of perspective, it has been said that the best definition of middle class, is one that allows you to pay your bills, put some money away and allows some free spending cash. In third world countries, middle class could be considered in the range of $4 to $10 a day. Irrespective of the economics, if do not have the ability to pay for the eye care and/or the eyeglasses you need, you are stuck. Naturally, this holds for people in non-third world countries as well. Additionally, organizations trying to address this need have limited resources and cannot afford to manufacture all the prescription lenses and purchase the ophthalmic frames needed.