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Hancock Lioness Club hears about eyeglass recycling program

August 15, 2012

The Hancock Lioness Club hosted Robert Martin, founder of the Global Re-Vision Network, at its Aug. 13 board meeting. His message addressed the importance of recycling/donating eyeglasses.

His message:

Refractive error is a vision impairment that can be corrected with eyeglasses. It afflicts nearly two-thirds of the world’s population, more than 4 billion people (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism, presbyopia).

More than 2 billion of them have no access to eye care and/or cannot afford eyeglasses. Since the network's start in 2001, the vast majority of the used eyeglasses collected were given to the network by many Lions Clubs in Maryland.

After the eyeglasses are boxed, the boxes are accumulated and warehoused by the D.M. Bowman Trucking Co. in Hagerstown.

When sufficient quantities are ready to ship to a clinic, they are weighed and trucked to a port city, put in containers and then shipped.

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For more information, go to www.globalrevision.org.

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