What to Do With Unused Contact Lenses?


Goodwill shops, Lions Clubs, Lenscrafters, New Eyes for the Needy and the Madre organizaton’s Helping Hands campaign will all accept unused contact lenses 12. These organizations will give your unused lenses to someone in need. You can drop off lenses at any Goodwill or Lenscrafters locations, mail them to or drop them off at your local Lions Club or send them to the following organizations:


Madre’s Helping Hands campaign 121 West 27th St., #301, New York, NY 10001 (212) 627-0444

These groups will issue a receipt for your lenses so that you can claim your charitable donation for tax purposes.


Are contacts biodegradable?

The short answer is, no. Disposable contact lenses are not compostable, and unfortunately, they’re also not recyclable through the normal channels.

What Do You Think?

Do you have any thoughts on this or other places where contact lenses can be donated? Leave your comments below and share.

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Removing a GP contact lens stuck in your eye

If the contact stuck in your eye is a hard gas permeable (GP) contact lens, the removal technique is different. You'll want to avoid massaging the eyelid, since this can cause the hard lens to scratch the eye.

If the lens is stuck on the white of the eye, use the pad of your fingertip to gently press your eye just outside the edge of the lens to break the suction that is keeping the contact stuck in the eye.

Another option is to use a small "suction cup" device sold in the contact lens care section of drug stores. Gently press the concave end of this device onto the center of the GP lens, and it will adhere to the lens. Then, gently pull the lens off the surface of your eye.

Where can I donate specs?

Donate Old Eyeglasses At Gangar Eyenation – for the underprivileged to see better, we will repair, refurbish and give it to the people who can’t afford them.

Feeling Confident About Contact Lens Disposal?

Contact lenses are undoubtedly a groundbreaking invention that betters our lives. As with many inventions, however, negative results can occur. By knowing more about contact lens disposal, you can personally help to improve our environment and even help those in need. The next time you have to say “goodbye” to your used contact lenses, consider disposing of them in an eco-friendly way.

Finding the right contact lenses to meet your needs is just a click away. Together, we can see more clearly and improve our environment.

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