New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Holds Holiday Drive for Eyeglass Donations
During this holiday season, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) and the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai Health System are hosting a drive for eyeglass donations. The donated glasses will be sent to New Eyes for the Needy, a New Jersey-based, non-profit volunteer organization whose main purpose is to provide better vision to the poor in the United States and throughout the world.
"Donating old eyeglasses may be a small way for an individual to take part in the spirit of generosity during the holidays, but it could have a life-altering impact on the recipient of the glasses," said James C. Tsai, MD, MBA, President, NYEE, and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai Health System. "You may truly be giving the 'gift of sight' to one of the 700 million people from around the world who have impaired vision that could easily be helped with an eye exam and a pair of glasses but who otherwise may not have the means or access to these services."
Glasses donated in good condition will be sorted by trained volunteering teams to test and organize the glasses into different categories. After which, the glasses are distributed through international charitable organizations and small medical missions.
Adult and children's prescription and reading glasses, as well as prescription sunglasses, are being accepted. Donation containers are located at NYEE in the Volunteer Services Department and at the Department of Ophthalmology Faculty Practice location at 17 East 102nd Street, 8th Floor West.