Hundreds of Balinese will have free access to clearer vision, thanks to generous donors who recently contributed unwanted, used eyeglasses to the ongoing "I Can See Clearly" community drive.
Launched in October 2005 to collect used eyeglasses, the effort has netted nearly 1,000 donated units for The John Fawcett Foundation/Yayasan Kemanusiaan Indonesia (YKI). Donations were shipped, posted and hand carried by year-end visitors to Bali arriving from around the world, while local residents scoured drawers for out-of-date spectacles.
Once received, all donated eyeglasses are sorted according to usability. Of the recent donations, about 60 percent were deemed usable, a high ratio according to the foundation’s optometry workers. An optometry technician grades the lenses and standard lenses are retained, while non-standard lenses are removed and replaced with standard ones.
For poor Balinese farmers or school children in remote villages, good vision care is often a luxury. YKI routinely conducts free vision checks among local schools and through mass village screenings. A surprisingly large percentage of people screened are identified and lined up as candidates for cataract surgery provided by the Foundation. Many of those screened have vision impairments which can be aided with donated eyeglasses reworked by the foundations optometrists. These patients may choose frames from the donated stock. Processed glasses are immediately available to benefit patients—and at no cost to the recipient.
Send Us Your Used Spectacles
Used or unwanted eyeglasses or frames are continually accepted at designated points around the island, including:
• Yayasan Kemanusiaan Indonesia (YKI)
• Lakimen Advertising
• Bali Discovery Tours
• Bali International Medical Center (BIMC)
• Tropical Homes
• Jenggala Keramik
• Bali Hotels Association
• Sourcing Bali
• The Works
• Ary’s Warung.
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