It was the last week of the year, the week within which I had to use my vision and dental insurance for my annual checkups. It was the either use it or lose it scenario. Although my dental health didn’t require anything apart from a deep cleaning, my eye sight definitely changed.
It’s strange that every year for the past 4 years I have experienced a change in my eyesight. The doctor explained to me that these are normal changes that occur to most of us between ages 18 to 40. This is as normal as growing one gray hair at a time on a weekly basis for me.
While ordering the glasses, as usual, LensCrafters tried to increase my out of pocket costs by including the items listed below. I was prepared to counter each one of them, and I did so successfully.
I was first tricked in to accepting the insurance coverage, but after seeing the actual charge on the receipt, I had it removed, much to the annoyance of the sales girl. I did feel bad that I took away a part of her commission. I chose to change the lenses only, keeping the old frames intact, saving me on the frame cost.
With a $25 out of pocket charge, I had my pair of glasses. From a store like LensCrafters,this is a big deal as the store is reputed for persuading its customers to purchase unnecessary add-ons. I am not saying you should also opt out of these add-ons, first consult your optician before choosing what’s best for you.
The main purpose of this article though, is to appeal for a donation. Donating your old eye glasses to people in need, the people who are less fortunate than we are.
I was born and brought up in India. I have seen thousands of poor people who can’t read due to their poor eye sight. Often an eye problem to the only bread winner of the family means losing the family income and forcing the entire family to live below the poverty line.
Eye glasses aren’t something that you sell at yard sales or easily sell on eBay. If you can afford to not sell them, my sincere request to you ..please donate your old glasses to charities. Give the gift of sight.
I had three pair of old glasses just lying around the house, so I donated all of them to the Lions club. I feel proud of my decision, I asked SMB to also follow the same path when her new glasses are due. There are more than a billion people with eye sight problems in this world who either don’t have access to eye care or can’t afford eye glasses.
Even if your eye sight hasn’t changed in the past, you can still receive a new pair of eye glasses every year. Most vision insurances cover frames and lenses up to a maximum limit per year. If you stay within the limit on both, you can afford to have new frames and lenses without paying anything out of your pocket (just keep in mind the tips above). By doing so you are creating a way to help a needy individual somewhere in the world
There are various organization/groups that are actively engaged in spreading the word, collecting glasses, and sending the collected/donated glasses overseas. A few of them are listed below, based on my research on line.
VSP eyes of hope (email them first), Lions club international recycle program (you can drop your glasses to any of their drop boxes near you), Lenscrafter one sight program (yeah, they do it too), Unite for Sight eye glass donation, and Hakim opticals.
You can also help the cause by organizing a drive to collect old glasses at your work/club/schools. Help spread the word and do the tiniest thing possible to help a cause which can help people better themselves. Without proper eye sight we can’t do even the simplest of tasks.
I ask my readers to suggest an organization or a place, where they accept prescription eye glasses as donation. I will then include them to my list above. Do remember that your donation can feed a family for life.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or optician, I don’t encourage you to not opt for add-ons your doctor advised.