Because together…

We can help the world to see

An estimated 253 million people live with vision impairment: 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment (1).  However, globally, more than 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured.  So, we have looked at what we can do to make a difference to change these statistics and change lives for the better.

Two simple ideas with a positive impact

  1. Simply donate your unwanted spectacles to us which we will pass on to be recycled for metal content or to be re-used in eye clinics abroad.
  2. We don’t charge for minor repairs, so why not add a small donation into our Institute of Optometry charity box.

A better life

To see is to be able to have access to education and to work.  Access to sight immediately improves the quality of life and sometimes all is needed is a pair of glasses to provide someone with hope and a better future.

Recycling Spectacles

Your donated spectacles can be recycled for their metal content to fund building Vision Centres in some of the most isolated communities abroad where patients can receive a free eye test by locally trained eye care workers. Other donated spectacles will be sent to recycling workshops where sorted pairs of glasses are sent for grading and distribution and then forwarded directly to contacts running eye clinics abroad.

Institute of Optometry

This charity helps to develop services for the benefit of the profession and the public.  It is recognised as a centre of excellence for the clinical training of Optometrists and its specialist clinics and is particularly renowned for its research in the area of Optometry.

We have been supporting the Institute of Optometry for 30 years.

Diabetes UK 2023

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of eye problems in the UK with diabetic retinopathy being the most common cause of sight loss in working-age adults in the UK. Diabetic retinopathy affects 30% of people with diabetes and can lead to sight loss if not found early however eye examinations and diabetic screening can find problems before they affect your sight.

Every Christmas we donate to vision charities in the UK. This Christmas we have chosen to support Diabetes UK as they have partnered with Fight for Sight, the Macular Society and Moorfields Eye Charity to co-fund new research to better understand the link between sight loss and diabetes and to help reduce the risk of sight loss in people living with diabetes.  The aim is to provide better, more tailored treatment to prevent sight loss and hopefully transform how diabetic retinopathy is found and cared for in the future.

Previous charities supported have been:

2022 – Macular Society
2021 – Glaucoma UK
2020 – Love your Neighbour
2019 – Seeability
2018 – Sutton Vision
2017 – Crisis at Christmas