You might wonder if your old prescription eyeglasses
would serve a better purpose than lining one of your dresser drawers. The good news is they can. The Lions Club will recycle your old glasses and give them to someone in need who can put them to good use, a much better alternative than taking up space in a drawer. The Lions Club of New Mexico collects used prescription eyeglasses and distributes them to the needy in New Mexico and elsewhere.
Lions Club International is the world's largest service organization, with clubs that help local communities. A leading mission is to distribute used prescription eyeglasses to those with limited resources. In 1925, Hellen Keller challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." To this day, sight programs remain an integral part of the club's causes. Their Operation KidSight program screens 3 to 5 year olds for vision disorders. Children who have their vision treated before the age of 6 stand a much better chance of correction.
As for those no longer needed prescription glasses, you can find a drop off location for them in Albuquerque and nearby communities. Bring your used glasses to the following drop off locations:
Costco Optical Shop, 9955 Coors NW
Los Volcanes Senior Center, 6500 Los Volcanes NW
Lovato Eye Care, 1448 Bridge SW
Precision Optical, 5115 Coors
The Optical Shop, 3411 Central NE
Twohig, James, DDS, 7301 Aztec NE
United Methodist Church, 4701 Montano NW
Walmart, 8000 Academy Road
Walmart, 10224 Coors Bypass NW
Warehouse Optical, 2531 Jefferson NE, #135
Some of Albuquerque's libraries also have drop boxes where glasses can be taken. Call to find out if your local library has a donation box.
Walmart, 460 Highway 528
Corrales Library, 84 West La Entrada
Village Mercantile, 3923 Corrales Road, Building A
Accent on Vision, behind Medical Arts building
Acoma Optical, 1521 5th
Ancient City Opticians, 1704 Llano
Aztec Optical, 509 W. Cordova Road
Berardinelli Funeral Home, 1320 Luis Street
Bueno Vista Eye Care, 9 Calle Medico
Dr Mark Rasmussen, 1460 S. St. Francis Drive
El Castillo Retirement Home, 250 E. Alameda
Eye Associates Optical, 2947 Rodeo Park
Eye Care For You, DeVargas North
First National Bank, Eldorado Branch
Hold Faith Episcopal Church, 311 E. Palace Avenue
Eyeglasses are expensive, and there are many people who could use them. By donating them for re-use, you help someone in need, and you recycle as well. It's a win-win for everyone.
If you have questions about donating your used eyeglasses, contact your nearest New Mexico Lions Club online.
Find out more about charitable giving.