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Here is another project that any School could implement.

Ready-made Specs which you no longer use, how can you dispose of them?

Here are some of the places where you can donate your unwanted spectacles for charity.

Vision Aid Overseas.: info@visionaidoverseas.org 

The glasses you donate will be stripped into their component parts. The plastic materials are recycled and the metal parts melted down to save precious metals and recycle standard elements like nickel. The recycling process allows Vision Aid Overseas to fund sustainable eye care services in a number of countries. Donating your unwanted eyeglasses is a sustainable way to fund eye care abroad.

You can donate them at many branches of Vision Express, Specsavers, and Boots Opticians as well as many independent opticians.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared that 1.3 billion

people are estimated to be living with some form of distance or near vision


Of these, the WHO considers about 80% of cases to be avoidable.

However, approximately 517 million people in developing countries are visually impaired because they do not have sufficient access to corrective treatment. 

Visual impairment in developing countries is far more than just a health problem and it is exacerbated by the fact that many of these countries cannot offer state benefits to ease the daily challenges.

A simple pair of Glasses which most of us take for granted in the first world could drastically improve the lives of those less advantaged.

We as privileged individuals have a role to play in assisting the distribution of eyeglasses across the developing world. On average, the typical eyeglasses wearer buys a new pair of glasses every three years. Many of us rarely take a moment to consider where our old frames and lenses end up.

There are a few ways to recycle your old eyeglasses that will ultimately benefit those who need them most in poorer countries.

But there is a better way. Get your school to collect them and post a box directly to Vision Aid Overseas
12 The Bell Centre
Newton Road
West Sussex
RH10 9FZ. 

Approximately 1% of Africans are blind of which around 300 000 are children.