Since You Asked: used eyeglasses

Since You Asked: used eyeglasses

My husband and I both have gone through some vision changes in the last few years and have some eyeglasses which we can no longer use, both prescription and "readers." Is there an organization in the Rogue Valley that collects these items to provide to individuals who perhaps could not afford them? Any information you can give us would be appreciated.

— Marcia B., Eagle Point

Lions Sight and Hearing Center is the local repository for old eyeglasses, hearing aids and closed-circuit television screens that magnify text. A drop box is maintained outside the center at 228 N. Holly St. in Medford. Receipts are available inside the office, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We love to take donations," said office assistant Bettylou Huttinger.

Local optometrists volunteer their time to adjust donated eyeglasses before distributing them in Central America (see correction below). Some even maintain drop boxes in their offices, Huttinger said. The sight and hearing center is affiliated with the local Lions service club.

For more information, call 779-3653.

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Correction: The original version of this Since You Asked included incorrect information about how and where donated glasses are dispersed. This version has been corrected.

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