Last year during the holiday season, we partnered with OneSight—a terrific charity organization that provides eye care to those in need through outreach, research and education. Our 2009 holiday donation allowed OneSight to recycle more than 51,600 pairs of glasses for people in need. This year we hope to match that—or do even better!
For each brain fitness purchase made between now and December 14, we’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to OneSight, a charity that provides eye care for people who can’t afford it.
Over 300 million people worldwide suffer from poor vision simply because they do not have access to or cannot afford care. Poor, uncorrected vision can inhibit a child’s ability to learn and can rob adults of independence and quality of life. One of our scientists, Dr. Peter Delahunt, has written on this blog before about the problems of having incorrectly prescribed glasses and discusses a study that shows that correctly prescribed glasses can improve quality of life. In some countries, a pair of eyewear costs more than a month’s salary.
Over the past 22 years, OneSight’s volunteers have provided free eyewear and vision care to more than seven million people. In addition to our monetary donation, we will once again host an eyeglass drive at our office. (Last year we donated 53 pairs.) Those old glasses in the back of your drawer can be recycled into a life-changing gift for someone in need! To learn more about where to donate your old glasses, or to find resources to help you set up a drive to collect eyeglass donations, visit the glasses donation page on OneSight.org or see this article for other organizations that recycle used glasses.