We stopped sending second-glasses overseas in 2011 when the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) recommended that sending second-hand glasses overseas was not the best way to establish sustainable eye care in developing countries. The IAPB made their recommendation on the basis that:

  • Sending second-hand glasses overseas 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
  • Second-hand glasses can cause an environmental problem in the recipient country

Today, we focus on providing a sustainable solution that delivers eye care services and low-cost new glasses to patients in need, from locally trained eye care workers.