A local optometry practice is asking locals to give the gift of sight to someone in need this Christmas by handing in their pre-loved glasses.
Specsavers Whyalla and Lions Recycle for Sight are collecting quality glasses and sunglasses, which will be delivered to people in need overseas.
Optical Retailer Amy Clarke said the store was ‘encouraging customers to donate their pre-loved glasses and give the gift of sight to someone in need for Christmas’.
“We’ve set ourselves a target of collecting 100 pairs of glasses between now and the big day, but the more we can collect, the better because every pair of glasses will make a significant difference,” she said.
Once glasses are collected, they will be sent to Lions Recycle for Sight, which runs a glasses recycling facility that quality checks, cleans and categorises the glasses.
If the glasses pass the quality tests, they are then distributed to people in need overseas through partnering charities and humanitarian organisations.
Lions Recycle for Sight Chairman Ken Leonard OAM said it’s estimated that there are 101.2 million people visually impaired as a result of not having access to glasses to correct simple vision problems.
“So far, thanks to the donations of Australians, we’ve given men, women and children around 400,000 pairs of quality-tested recycled glasses,” he said.
“These people can now see thanks to the simple generosity of Australians donating their pre-loved specs.
“We’re keen to continue impacting the lives of thousands and so are calling on Australians once again to give the gift of sight this Christmas.”
According to the World Health Organisation, visual impairment from uncorrected refractive errors can have immediate and long-term consequences on both children and adults.
Access to glasses which enable clear vision can increase educational and employment opportunities leading to economic gain for individuals, families and societies.
Amy adds, “We’re especially reaching out to people who have eyewear included in their health funds. Specsavers offers glasses with no gap so now is the perfect time to update your glasses for the year and donate your pre-loved specs to change someone else’s life.”
Whyalla locals can give the gift of sight by bringing their pre-loved glasses and sunglasses into Specsavers Whyalla, placing them in the collection box or handing them to a team member.