Summary: If you are looking to repurpose your old eyeglasses, there are numerous ways you can accomplish this. Here are some tips to help spark some new ideas.
If you have been wearing eyeglasses for most of your life, you probably have a couple of old frames lying around in your home. Now, it is entirely possible for your eye doctor to put in new lenses that match your current prescription but if you only have the need for one frame, you can find other ways to repurpose them. Here are some ideas that can help you get started.
If you now have switched over to contact lenses from Lens.com or have another pair of eyeglasses that you prefer, you can explore new options.
Consider Donating Your Old Frames
If your eyeglasses are in good condition and are not broken or cracked, you should consider donating them. Some organizations will take your old glasses repurpose them to those who need eyeglasses but simply cannot afford them. Rather than spending money to purchase new glasses, someone who receives your old pair could benefit from the hundreds of dollars that potentially could have been spent.
Even if you cannot find a place nearby that will take your old pair, there are plenty of charities or groups that you can get into contact with online. This is an easy way to help those that suffer from poor vision and make a huge difference in someone’s life. Be sure that you do not confuse this with donating your Air Optix contact lenses, as these may not be accepted due to their prescription and because of potential health hazards.
Another option available to you is to recycle them. A majority of eyeglasses are designed from metal or plastic. These materials can be broken down and reused by organizations to make new frames or different objects from the scraps. If are not sure whether or not your frames can be recycled, check online before throwing them in the recycle bin.