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Budleigh Salterton Lions Club collects used spectacles which are recycled to help children and adults in other countries who have difficulty seeing.

Rather than leaving your older prescription glasses in a dusty drawer or putting them in the waste bin, why not donate them to help others see.

This initiative supports our global environment and vision causes.

Lion Richard Allen at Lions HQ Birmingham with Lion Brigitte Green.jpg

Where can I donate them?

Used spectacles can be dropped off at any Lions events such as the monthly Bingo, or at Bennett & Rogers opticians in Budleigh and McAusland Optometrists in Exmouth.

All types of spectacles can be recycled, including reading glasses, and, in particular, children's spectacles are always much needed.    

What happens to the glasses?

The eyeglasses are sorted and distributed to clinics and eye camps in communities across Africa, India and Eastern Europe.

Lions Clubs all over the UK send the spectacles to one of two recycling Lions Eyeglass Recycling centres in Chichester or Birmingham for sorting by the Lions' 'Recycle for Sight' volunteers.

The dedicated team of volunteers sort and process thousands of pairs of spectacles each week. None of the spectacles are sent to landfill, all of them are re-used and given a second life.


The Lion send the processed glasses to Lions Medico France for washing and re-grading and also send them directly to countries throughout the world.


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