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Using Your Old Glasses to Help People

April 14, 2016 12 Comments

Using Your Old Glasses to Help People

If you've got old glasses that you no longer use, of course you can order new lenses for them from Mr Foureyes. Your old glasses frames can also find new life helping out someone in the Pacific.

Mr Foureyes founder Ravi Dass helping on restore eyesight a charity trip in the Pacific

In 1925, Lions Clubs International accepted Helen Keller's challenge to become "Knights of the Blind." Lions are now involved with many sight-related programmes worldwide, particularly in third world countries. Collecting up old spectacles for re-use in the Pacific Islands is an on-going project for New Zealand Lions.

The Lions Club of Christchurch Ferrymead has been a New Zealand pioneer - they report:

"In the past 25 years we estimate we have handled more than 38,000 pairs per year and send some 2,100 optical pairs plus about 280 pairs of sunglasses to [Volunteer Opthalmic Services Overseas] each year. Amazingly, two of the team of six working on this project are original members of the start-up team from 25 years ago."

When donated glasses arrive at the club, they have an extensive check for wear and tear, damaged lenses or frames, and any multi-focal or bi-focal lenses (which cannot generally be re-used because it is too hard to match the prescription). If the spectacles pass that test (about 10% of the total), they are then cleaned in an ultrasonic bath and the lenses are checked with a Topcon Digital lens meter. They are then packed (with the lens readings) and dispatched to Volunteer Opthalmic Services, currently based at Auckland Hospital, for sending to the Pacific Islands.

Machinery to read glasses prescription donated to Karori Lions Club by Mr Foureyes

A Lensmeter is used to check the prescription of some donated glasses

Mr Foureyes founder Ravi Dass is very familiar with the process, as a long-standing Volunteer Opthalmic Services Overseas member and past secretary. He has been on many volunteer trips to the Pacific, and he comments:

"It is so rewarding to be able to provide vision to someone who otherwise wouldn't have had access to it. We find many people also really like to know that their old glasses can be put to good use. While we can't use every pair that is donated, the process does still rely on these donations."

 

How you can help:

You can drop frames into most optometrists for distribution. You can also send any old glasses frames or sunglasses direct to one of the Lions Clubs:

South Island:

Lion Neil Pugh,

Convenor, 

P O Box 10 187  Phillipstown,

Christchurch 8145

Auckland:

Eyeglasses for Recycling by the Papakura Lions Club

C/- Selwyn Homestead

21 Youngs Rd

Papakura 2110

The Blood Donation Centre on Lake Road, Takapuna, also has a collection box on their desk. 

Wellington: Karori Lions Club accepts donations from the Wellington region. Drop-off points include:

Karori Visique Optometrists, 262 Karori Road
Thorndon New World, Murphy Street – Box on right by exit door
Johnsonville Spec Savers, Johnsonville Mall
Lower Hutt Spec Savers, Westfield Queensgate Plaza – 1st floor
Lower Hutt Black Gates Meek Optometrists, Andrew Ave
Wainuiomata Visique Optometrists, Wainuiomata Mall
Petone Visique Optometrists, 245 Jackson Street
City Spec Savers, 168 Lambton Quay
City McClellan & Grimmer, 131 Featherston Street
City Visique Optometrists, Rock Shop Plaza Manners Mall
City Wellington City New World, Wakefield Street – box by exit door

Mr Foureyes will also accept donated frames and will provide them to Lions on your behalf. 





12 Responses

Steph (Mr Foureyes)
Steph (Mr Foureyes)

May 25, 2017

Hi Angela, I would just recommend trying your local optometrist, most will be able to collect and send on donated glasses to one of the Lions Clubs. Let us know how you get on and we can update the site. Cheers, Steph

Angela Farrell
Angela Farrell

May 24, 2017

Hi is there anywhere in Tauranga to drop of glasses please? Or Hamilton thanks

Steph Hill (Mr Foureyes)
Steph Hill (Mr Foureyes)

May 01, 2017

Thanks Daniel, I’ll check with the Lions Club and update. Cheers, Steph

Daniel Nash
Daniel Nash

April 28, 2017

I’m not sure New World still collects for the Lions Club effort – no sign of a collection bin anywhere at their Wellington City store…

Steph Hill (Mr Foureyes)
Steph Hill (Mr Foureyes)

January 25, 2017

Hi folks, there have been quite a few comments on where to drop glasses – the best I can advise is to ask at your local optometrist, most of them should be able to collect donated glasses to pass on to the relevant Lion’s Club. If you’re in Christchurch you can donate them directly to one of the addresses mentioned in the blog post; in Wellington, Karori Lions Club lists some additional addresses:

Karori Visique Optometrists, 262 Karori Road
Thorndon New World, Murphy Street – Box on right by exit door
Johnsonville Spec Savers, Johnsonville Mall
Lower Hutt Spec Savers, Westfield Queensgate Plaza – 1st floor
Lower Hutt Black Gates Meek Optometrists, Andrew Ave
Wainuiomata Visique Optometrists, Wainuiomata Mall
Petone Visique Optometrists, 245 Jackson Street
City Spec Savers, 168 Lambton Quay
City McClellan & Grimmer, 131 Featherston Street
City Visique Optometrists, Rock Shop Plaza Manners Mall
City Wellington City New World, Wakefield Street – box by exit door

In Auckland, glasses can be dropped at Selwyn Homestead as mentioned in the blog, or try your local optometrist.

Hope this helps,
Stephanie (Mr Foureyes)

Sandra-Leigh Johnson
Sandra-Leigh Johnson

January 20, 2017

Where in the North Shore of Auckland can I drop off my used prescription glasses please. I have 6 pairs.

Michelle Toms
Michelle Toms

December 27, 2016

We have some glasses to donate, is there anywhere in Palmerston North these can be dropped off at. If not can you please provide contact details so I can contact them. Thanks

Andrea Sulikosky
Andrea Sulikosky

November 27, 2016

Hi I have some glasses….about six pairs, some brand new. Where do I drop off please. Orewa, Warkworth or West Auckland. Please advise

Steph
Steph

November 25, 2016

Hi Bruce, if you’re in Christchurch, glasses can be dropped off with Simon Payne at Woolston Pharmacy (685 Ferry Road, Woolston,Christchurch 8023), or they can be sent to Lion Neil Pugh, Convenor, P O Box 10 187, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8145 or to Murray Walsh, 67 Ti Rakau Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch 8023.

It could be worth asking at your local optometrist if none of those options suits though – many will collect to pass on to Lions also.

Hope that helps, Stephanie

Bruce
Bruce

November 23, 2016

Where is your drop off point in Christchurch please?

Steph
Steph

October 25, 2016

Hi Megan, I’ve sent you a message with the details – our address is 57 Rakau Rd, Hataitai or some other options are listed on the Karori Lions Club website http://www.lionsclubs.org.nz/clubs/202m/zone-6/karori

megan Stubbersfield
megan Stubbersfield

October 21, 2016

Kia ora i have a few chiildrens glasses to donate – what is the drop off address please
Thank u
Megan 029 4749363

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