Lasik is a surgical procedure that offers some wonderful results, enabling an individual to enjoy perfect vision, often better than 20/20, without relying anymore on having to wear corrective prescription eyeglasses. Although most men and women who undergo successful lasik surgery feel like celebrating their independence from eyeglasses by quickly throwing their old pairs of prescription lenses into the trash bin, there are many more creative and constructive things to do with old glasses after lasik surgery.
One of the best things to do with old glasses after lasik surgery is to donate them to a charitable organization that recycles them to individuals around the world who cannot afford proper eyecare. Research indicates that more than 700 million people worldwide suffer from some sort of vision problem, most of which can be quickly and simply corrected by using prescription eyeglasses. Many individuals take for granted that prescription eyeglasses are an expense that many people simply cannot afford, with the average expenditure these days for a new pair of eyeglasses around $250.
Donating your old glasses after Lasik surgery can give the gift of clear eyesight to a student who has been failing in his grades because he cannot see the school room blackboard clearly. Donating old glasses to a charity specializing in old eyeglass redistribution can help an elderly woman enjoy reading books and newspapers again. A recycled pair of eyeglasses can help a young man just starting out in his career to be able to apply for a job because he is no longer hindered by poor vision that makes him an employment liability. And the eyeglasses donated by caring individuals after gaining their freedom through Lasik surgery can help a struggling family whose budget cannot afford eyeglasses for their school age children. Not wearing proper eyewear in order to see clearly can cause chronic headaches and many people have to go through life experiencing dull headaches caused by eyestrain because they cannot afford to wear glasses. A gift of old eyeglasses means improved daily health for many people with poor vision.
Ask the professionals at the office where your Lasik surgery was performed if they can recommend local or national social service organizations that collect old glasses for recycling to new owners. Many organizations offer convenient local drop-off points or provide a central address where you can package and ship your no longer needed prescription eyeglasses. Donating old glasses is one sure way to change the life of someone you do not know for the better. Not only do Lasik patients who donate their old glasses have the happiness that comes with experiencing 20/20 vision once again, they also get the satisfaction of knowing that their old glasses have been put to better use than winding up in the landfill.
If you really like the frames you wore in your old pair of eyeglasses, you may want to investigate having the prescription lenses removed at a local optician's office in order to be replaced with tinted lenses so you can reuse your old glasses yourself as non-prescription sunglasses. You can also offer your old glasses to a friend or family member who would like new glasses but who is not in the financial position to afford stylish new frames. You can also check with the theater departments of local high schools and colleges to see if they accept old eyeglasses for their wardrobe department. Many stage roles call for an actor to be wearing eyeglasses but the theater department may not have the funds to purchase a variety of eyeglasses to accommodate a range of roles.