Recycle your spectacles and give the gift of sight!

Vision Aid Overseas is an international charity dedicated to fighting poverty by transforming access to eye care in developing countries. 670 million people - 10% of the world's population - are disadvantaged by poor vision and a lack of spectacles.

The leading cause of sight loss in the world is still prescriptive error- meaning that people simply can’t see because they are long or short sighted and do not have the spectacles they need to correct this. But we can all help by donating any unused or unwanted spectacles. The gift of spectacles is the gift of sight. A pair of your old spectacles may transform the life of a person thousands of miles away. Being able to see means a child can study or an adult can work and support their family.


Donate your old spectacles at Potters Bar Eye Care Center. We pass these on to Vision Aid Overseas who will recycle them. Good quality spectacles are given directly to those in the developing world that need them. Don’t worry if your old glasses are scratched or bent. If they are not good enough to be given away, the metal, plastic and lenses are recycled to provide much needed funds to support the charity’s work. Vision Aid Overseas is committed to establishing locally based eye care services in every country that it operates. Training doctors, nurses and optometrists, to set up sustainable clinics in their local communities provides on going care for those who need it for the long-term.

So far this year we have collected over 200 pairs of old spectacles which means 200 people in the developing world no longer have to struggle without clear eyesight. Drop your unwanted spectacles into the practice at any time and help us support this fantastic charity.


We are excited to tell you about our new brand MODO. MODO's frames are paper-thin titanium which offer a vast array of exquisite styles. 

MODO drives the eyewear industry’s effort in sustainability and social responsibility. With initiatives such as giving free spectacles to those in need (MODO’s “Buy a Frame – Give a Frame”) programme with the Seva Foundation through Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS), MODO is a pioneer in merging style and purpose. As part of the World Health Organization Vision 2020 Initiative, we donate a frame to someone in need for each MODO frame purchased.

The NNJS is credited with coordinating 90% of all eye care services in Nepal. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the 2.2 million Nepali people seeking eye care consultations annually, 43% are potentially in need of eyeglasses. The NNJS specifically targets blindness prevention and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. More than 600 million people around the world are blind or visually-impaired only.