Lions Association for Sight & Hearing

of Maryland, Inc. 

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Eyeglass Collection

According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses. 
Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don’t have glasses. They can’t learn, because reading is difficult. They can’t work to the best of their ability, because they can’t see clearly. It costs Lions less than $0.08 to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone’s life.

For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life.

For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others.


Lions clubs throughout the District  deliver the eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones collected from the public twice a year to a sorting center at the Maryland School for the Blind.

Usable eyeglasses are selected and then shipped to the Virginia Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in northern Virginia.  They are cleaned, graded and cataloged for distribution.

An organization may request quantities of recycled glasses for mission use. That organization is responsible for:

  • Assuring that the eyeglasses will be given to the needy at no charge 
  • Providing shipping instruction 
  • Paying for the cost of shipping
  • Arranging customs clearance
  • Reporting the results of the mission within two weeks of completion


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