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Visualase Donate to Vision Aid

Published on 21st August 2014

Visualase are keen supporters of the charity Vision Aid Overseas and have continued their support with the recent donation of 150 pairs of glasses, kindly donated by their laser eye surgery patients who no longer need them.

Vision Aid Overseas runs a nationwide spectacle collection scheme which operates to raise money for the charity, and ensure spectacles are recycled in an environmentally-friendly way.

Visualase laser eye surgery patients donate their unwanted glasses to charity

Visualase laser eye surgery patients donate their unwanted glasses to charity


Instead of old glasses going to landfill they are split into three categories and recycled to raise funds as follows:

  • Gold coloured spectacles are separated and sent to a specialist metal recycler where they are smelted to raise funds. 
  • Vintage, old or retro spectacles are separated and offered for sale to eyewear merchants who are interested in restoring and selling them. 
  • Any other spectacles are separated by their frame material (plastic or metal) and recycled in the most environmentally friendly way possible. This is normally incineration where they are converted back into energy. 

Over the years Visualase has donated thousands of pairs of glasses to various charities specialising in the recycling / reuse of eyewear, and are delighted to be contributing towards the Vision Aid Overseas project.

If you are in the Bolton or Greater Manchester area, and have any unwanted glasses, feel free to drop them into the clinic and make your contribution to this great cause.

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