Join mission to save vision

Published 6:00am 17 December 2022

Join mission to save vision
Words by Nick Crockford

Residents across the region are being asked to return any unwanted, old prescription or unused glasses to Specsavers and help restore sight to those most in need.

This year, Specsavers Strathpine in partnership with Lions Recycle for Sight, is part of a nationwide drive to collect 200,000 pairs of worn glasses for eyes in need.

If all 200,000 glasses were placed end to end the line would stretch for 30km - from Strathpine to the Brisbane Airport.

Research by Specsavers has found on average, 75 per cent of Australian households have at least one pair of glasses or sunglasses at home that they no longer use.

Donate old specs

This equates to a whopping 36 million pairs of unused optical glasses or sunglasses across the country that could be used by those in need.

“We see a huge influx of people wanting to use their health insurance benefits to buy new glasses,” Specsavers Strathpine partner Nick White, pictured above, said.

“We’d love to see more people donating their old specs in store so they can benefit people in need.

“It’s such a great feeling – being able to tangibly see the impact that you’re making.”

Collection box

Take pre-loved glasses and sunglasses into the store, putting them in the glasses recycling collection box, or handing them to a team member.

Over the past four years, Specsavers Australia have donated over 700,000 pairs in partnership with Lions Recycle for Sight.

All pre-loved glasses sent to Lions Recycle for Sight by Specsavers are quality tested, cleaned, categorised and boxed according to prescription.

The best of the glasses collected are provided to charity. The rest of the glasses are recycled.

Specsavers Strathpine is at Strathpine Centre, Gympie Rd, or click here to find a Specsavers store near you.

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