Beyond The Bin | What To Do With Old Glasses


Welcome to a journey where old glasses find new purpose and your vision story continues beyond the bin.

Here is your practical guide, developed to help you give your old eyewear a meaningful second life. We’ll discuss three things you can do with old glasses:

1  Repurposing Old Frames with New Lenses

2  Donating Old Pairs of Prescription Eyewear

3  Using Old Pairs As Spares

Repurposing Old Frames with New Lenses

This process involves fitting new prescription lenses into an existing frame (or expertly edging down existing lenses into a new spectacle frame), going a long way to giving your glasses a second life, and ensuring both style and clarity are on point.

Scenario: Consider that you have a new pair of reading glasses.

Your new prescription makes the text bold, sharp, and jump off the page. But, you notice that the stronger reading glasses require your laptop or computer screen to be repositioned too closely for your ideal workspace layout. Is the prescription wrong? Not at all. Reading glasses use what we call a ‘Single Vision’ lens design. Naturally, as your prescription needs increase, your optical prescription will reach a point in magnification where you can no longer look at both near and intermediate positions with one set of single-vision glasses.

The solution? Enquire about your older pair of reading glasses. The older prescription (now ‘weaker’ than your ideal reading glasses) may suit that further distance. If your overall optical prescription has altered somewhat from that previous pair, new lenses can be glazed and fitted for that older frame—set for the ideal position of your PC or laptop!

You solve a (new) crucial vision need and give your old favourite frames a new lease on life.

Donating Old Pairs of Prescription Eyewear

At The Optical Superstore, we facilitate the process of eyeglass donation in a seamless and impactful way:

  • Accepting Donations: We welcome your gently used glasses. What makes a suitable pair of glasses to donate? We look for frames still in good condition and lenses with a simple, single-vision prescription.
  • Thorough Care: Donated glasses undergo a meticulous process. They are cleaned, adjusted, and checked for functionality and comfort (we may replace screws or nose pads as necessary).
  • Partnerships for Impact: Collaborating with esteemed charity organizations, we ensure these glasses reach the right hands, fostering improved vision and transforming lives.

Notice how the donation of your old pairs of glasses can benefit others!

~ The Ripple Effect: How Your Donation Improves Vision ~

  • Educational Advancement: Clear vision facilitates learning, making education more accessible and enhancing academic performance among children and others in need.
  • Employment Opportunities: With improved vision, individuals can engage in various professions, leading to economic independence and stability.
  • Health and Well-Being: Vision care reduces eye strain and headaches, promoting overall well-being and a higher quality of life. Your refurbished reading and distance-vision glasses are a starting point!

Your generosity echoes far beyond the frames and lenses; it reverberates through communities, fostering empowerment, education, and hope. You make a difference—one pair of glasses at a time.

Using Old Pairs As Spares

When you think about it, your older glasses still have a bit of life left in them yet…

  • Emergency backup: Stash a pair in your car’s glove compartment. And remember to take a spare pair of glasses on that road trip or international flight. You never know what adventures you’ll get into—and that older pair of eyeglasses may get you out of a bind.
  • Spare Parts for Repairs: Stop! Before you bin that old frame, why not strip it for parts? You might be clearing house and chucking out HEAPS of older pairs of specs. Consider removing the nose pads, screws, and temple trims first. You’ll have a collection of functional spare parts for your new pair! If you need clarification on what’s salvageable, trained staff at The Optical Superstore are only too helpful to assist. So, stop by with your collection of specs, and we’ll sort out the trash from the treasure.

Beyond The Bin With Your Old Glasses

Discover the untapped potential of your old glasses! As we’ve highlighted, you can reglaze them for a fresh look, donate them to help change lives or keep them as handy spares. At The Optical Superstore, we breathe new life into old frames. Join us in making a difference—transform your glasses and uplift lives—yours or anyone else’s.

To make an appointment or discuss how to repurpose or donate your glasses, FIND YOUR NEAREST OPTICAL SUPERSTORE LOCATION.