We stopped sending used glasses overseas several years ago when the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) recommended that sending used glasses overseas was not the best way to establish sustainable eye care in the developing world. The IAPB made their recommendation on the basis that:

* Recycling glasses is not cost-effective – cleaning, refurbishment, repair and transportation costs are often greater than the cost of supplying new frames and lenses

* Everyone, regardless of their circumstances, has a right to clear, comfortable vision

* Everyone has a right to have glasses that look attractive and fit comfortably

* Used glasses can cause an environmental problem in the recipient country

Today, Vision Aid Overseas focuses on providing a sustainable solution that delivers affordable eye care services, from locally trained eye care professionals, and low-cost brand new glasses to patients in need.