Why should I consider taking glasses?
Near vision impairment is one of the World’s biggest, but least known health issues. It affects 500M people in developing countries. In the rural areas of these countries, people need reading glasses to work, cook and take care of their children. Reading glasses and sunglasses can make a great addition to your primary mission. They are easy to dispense, great for students and novices. You can learn how to dispense reading glasses in 15 minutes and have a very rewarding experience while making a difference in someone’s life.
Why should I get glasses from RestoringVision?
We are the largest non-profit provider of new, high quality reading and sunglasses. We have distributed over 5 million glasses to 1400 charitable organizations serving people in need in 115 countries around the world. We provide the glasses at the lowest cost and yet provide the highest level of client satisfaction.
About the Glasses:
Where do you get your glasses from?
We receive most of our glasses from US based manufacturers as donations. They may have excess inventory, styles that didn’t sell, returns or close outs. But the glasses are all new. Occasionally, we will have to purchase glasses to fill in gaps in our inventory-usually a particular power of readers.
Are your glasses new?
Yes. Our glasses are new.
What is the quality of your glasses?
Our glasses are high, pharmacy quality.
What type of glasses do you offer?
We offer reading glasses and sunglasses. We occasionally have sun bifocals and children’s sunglasses; these are available online when they are in stock.
What powers are your reading glasses?
We offer +1.00 to +3.25 power readers.
What type of sunglasses do you offer?
We offer plano sunglasses (no power) with 100% UV light protection.
How are the glasses sorted?
The readers are sorted into 25 pair bags by power and the sunglasses are in 10 pair bags. The sorting is done by an organization that provides work to people with disabilities in California and Florida. We also offer boxed glasses for larger orders.
What reading powers do I need?
Our assorted reader packages come with some low, medium and high powers. The quantity per power is based on research and our experience in the field. For mission trips, a 300 or 400 assorted reader package is usually sufficient. If you will be seeing post-cataract or older patients, you can order more high power glasses. Or if you will be seeing more kids and you adults, you can order more low power.
Should I take sunglasses?
We think sunglasses are vitally important. Sunglasses provide eye protection from the UV rays of the sun, blowing dust and smoke. Sunglasses can prevent cataracts and macular degeneration and be beneficial for those who are doing cataract surgeries or have glaucoma.
Can reading glasses work for children as well as adults?
Yes they can work as well, as long as the reading glasses are made for children. Adult reading glasses are made for adult-size heads. According to the International Myopia Prevention Association, reading glasses can help prevent or delay myopia in children diagnosed with this eye condition.
Do you have children’s sunglasses?
We occasionally have children’s sunglasses; these are available online when they are in stock.
Who orders your glasses?
We work with a variety of organizations including but not limited to global health, relief agencies, faith based, medical (including dental) and humanitarian. Reading glasses and sunglasses are easy to dispense and make a great addition to any program.
Do you have a catalog?
No, we don’t have a catalog. Because our glasses are donated, we don’t really know what we will have to give out before we get them. They come and go quickly. We provide an assortment of styles with mixed gender (50% female, 50% unisex). What we get is what you get.
Dispensing the Glasses:
I have never taken reading glasses. Is it hard to dispense them?
Absolutely not. If you’ve ever watched people at a drug store in the US, you can see that people can tell for themselves when they have the right power. We have dispensing tips and information on our site for setting up a dispensary. In addition, we have a short training video. Overall, dispensing glasses is very easy to do.
For more information on how to dispense reading glasses click here.
Do you charge for the glasses?
Yes, we charge a nominal fee for the glasses that covers our expenses including sorting and packing.
What do they cost?
Our glasses cost between $0.35 to $0.50 per pair plus shipping for our assorted reader packages based on quantity. Specific strength power readers cost between $0.45 to $0.65 per pair plus shipping. These fees are tax deductible.
Placing an Order:
How do I place my order?
The best way is to use our website to order. If you have a question or need a custom order you can contact us by sending us a message through our quick contact form at the bottom of our site or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How soon should I order?
We would like to get your order 4 weeks before you need it. It takes us some time to process it and UPS takes time to deliver. It can be done sooner, but there may be additional cost for shipping.
How can I be sure I have ordered the right amount of glasses?
That is a tough question. It is probably better to take more than you think you will need. If you have extras, a nearby clinic or other public health facility will gladly take them. In addition, you can take back with you for a future mission.
How do I pay?
You can pay online using our secure payment system through PayPal. We accept all major credit cards.
Do I need a PayPal account?
No. You don’t need a PayPal account. PayPal processes all major credit cards.
I don’t have a credit card. Can I still get glasses from you?
Of course. We can also accept a payment by check. Send an email to email@example.com indicating what you want to get and we’ll get back to you with details.
Where do you ship?
Currently we ship within the US (including Hawaii and Alaska), Puerto Rico and Canada.
Will you ship outside of the US and Canada?
No. But we can assist you with shipping contacts and other organizations that ship overseas.
How do you ship?
We ship small packages through UPS and larger orders via freight services with C.H. Robinson.
How much does it cost to ship?
The cost for shipping varies from $0.05 to $0.10 per pair based on quantity. Expedited shipping and shipping to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Canada are additional.
Would I have a problem with customs in developing countries?
Usually you will not. However, we can provide you with a letter from RestoringVision stating these glasses are not for resale and that they are for donation only.
Getting the Glasses Overseas:
How many glasses fit into a suitcase?
If you are doing pack and carry you want to know that 400 glasses fit into a suitcase and weigh approximately 30 pounds. A typical suitcase holds about 50 pounds (this is amount most airlines allow without additional weight charges).
How many glasses fit on to a pallet?
If you are shipping containers overseas, we can build the pallets according to your specification. The average standard pallet holds 7,500 to 10,000 glasses and weighs 500 lbs. Pallets are not stackable.
What type of grants do you receive?
RestoringVision has not accepted major grants in several years. Thanks to our very low overhead and glasses donations, we are able to sustain our operations just on the revenue from sale of glasses. However, we would always welcome support. Donations would allow us to promote our program to more groups.