Lab's donation of eyewear out of sight

Jan. 26, 2011

(From left) Mel Scott of VSP accepts boxes of eyewear donated by Lab employees from Lynn Soderstrom, Marie Teuscher and Bob Bills. Photo credit: Jacqueline McBride/NEWSLINE (Download Image)

Lab's donation of eyewear out of sight

Linda A Lucchetti, lucchetti1@llnl.gov, 925-422-5815

More than 1,868 prescription glasses, readers, sunglasses and parts of glasses collected from Lab employees were handed over to the Eyes of Hope program this week.

The donations, which were coordinated through the Lab's Benefits Office, began last November to help the more than one billion people around the world -- who can't afford glasses -- obtain them.

Mel Scott, of VSP, the company that sponsors the Eyes of Hope program, explained that the donated used eyewear is collected, cleaned up, the prescriptions read by doctors and labeled. The recycled glasses are then prepared for shipment around the world to help adults and children in need.

"This is one of the largest donations we've had," Scott said. "The amount of glasses the Lab has collected is phenomenal. Thank you."

For more information about Eyes of Hope, go to the VSP Website.