Ever woken up in the dark and had to fumble around to find your glasses before moving? Hopefully you end up finding them at some point, but for many other people that isn’t so easily achieved – because they can’t afford eye care.
I found out about this great charity today and thought I’d share it, because it’s such a great way to put to use something which I either don’t use anymore or don’t know what to do with. The best part, it’s actually giving someone the gift of sight which so many of us take for granted.
If you’ve got old prescription glasses or non-prescription sunglasses, OneSight collects them and gives them to people around the world who are in desperate need of a helping hand.
More about them below, taken from their “About us” page!
OneSight, a Luxottica Foundation, is a family of charitable vision care programs dedicated dedicated to providing healthy vision, eyewear and sun protection to those in need worldwide. Since 1988, these charitable efforts have provided free vision care and eyewear to more than eight million people in need around the world and have granted millions of dollars towards optical research and education.
Our volunteers give the gift of sight through four program areas:
- Global Eye Care – We travel around the world to hand-deliver much needed, free eye care and eyewear through temporary Optical Clinics.
- Regional Eye Care – We provide free eye care and new eyewear to those in need in our regions through temporary Optical Clinics and Vision Vans.
- Community Eye Care – We help patients in our local communities through in-store and outreach programs.
- Research & Education – OneSight funds research to address global eye health issues and invests in the next generation of optometric professionals through scholarships and education.
Vision: A world where primary vision care is a reality for everyone.
Mission: To restore and preserve clear vision for the over 284 million adults and children who suffer worldwide from poor vision.
Find out more here at OneSight!
You could even help out by collecting gently used eyewear or just donate your old glasses!