Prescription eyeglasses are something many of us take for granted, especially if we live in a country with publicly-funded health care. But in many countries around the world, a lack of trained personnel, distance and even the cost of eyeglasses makes it impossible for many people to get an eye exam and prescription eyeglasses.
Low vision due to refractive error is the most common form of visual impairment. That’s why the need for eyeglasses is so important!
We used to collect used eyeglasses. The thinking was simple: many people had old pairs of eyeglasses and wanted to donate them; while for those with low vision, something was surely better than nothing. We shipped nearly two million pairs of eyeglasses to developing countries.
Providing eyeglasses to those in need is still vital to our approach. Here’s how we do it: every partner hospital we work with ensures that each patient who needs glasses gets comfortable, modern, NEW prescription glasses.
Those who can’t afford the cost (the equivalent of $2 to $4 in most countries we work in) have those costs subsidized by local customers who can afford to pay for more expensive frames.
Do you want to help children, women and men in need of eyeglasses? A generous donation of $20 provides new, custom-fitted prescription eyeglasses for up to three people!