What Should I Do With My Old Glasses?

So you’ve just walked out of one of our branches with a shiny new pair of spectacles. Not only do they look great but everything is sharp and in focus again!

But the question is, what do you do with the old pair? Well, most people throw them to the back of a drawer with vague plans to keep them as a ‘back-up’ pair.

You’ll never use them again. We promise.

Why not recycle your old glasses, and put them to another use? Believe it or not, there is plenty of life in those old frames yet. Here’s how you can do it.

1. Donate Them To Charity

“helping the world to see”

Vision Aid

According to the World Health Organisation, 153 million people around the world suffer with uncorrected short or long-sightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism. These can be easily diagnosed, measured and corrected with the right pair of prescription glasses, but unfortunately, millions of people in developing countries don’t have access to the services that we take for granted in Wales.

Without good eyesight, adults miss out on employment opportunities, and children miss out on the precious chance of an education.

Vision Aid Overseas help people in developing countries who need glasses to lead a normal life. They run a nationwide spectacle collection scheme to raise money for this vital work. Click here to find your nearest donation point.


“Helping people regain their sight can be the key to so much more – it opens up the chance to a better life.”

Fiona Bruce, Honorary Vice President, Vision Aid Overseas

Lions International also collect unwanted glasses and distribute them to areas in the world where they are most desperately needed. Find out more here.

2. Reuse The Frames


Just because your prescription has changed, it doesn’t mean you have to get new frames. We can take your old frames, and just replace the lenses with the correct prescription for a fraction of the cost. Talk to us in one of our branches if you would like to save some money and reuse your old frames.

3. Dress-Up


Then, of course, there is the good old dress up. Donate your old frames to the kids’ dress up box, and watch them enjoy hours of fun pretending to be a teacher, scientist or just trying to look more grown up!

If you would like to know any more about what you can do with your old frames, please do not hesitate to get in touch, or speak to us in branch, we will be happy to help.