Donate your old glasses to help others

PHOTO: Donate your old glasses to help others

SINGAPORE - This nation has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world, and it is common for many people to buy a new pair of spectacles once every few years – either because their eyesight has changed, or simply because they want a new look.

While many here are able change their glasses frequently, there are people in Third World countries who are unable to afford even a single pair of spectacles.

To help address this need, Singapore Medical Group (SMG) launched its Campaign Against Poor Vision in 2008. The campaign's objective is to collect used spectacles from the public to help children and adults in Third World countries achieve clearer vision. Last year, doctors and staff from SMG made a trip to Laos' Luang Prabang province to equip the people there with glasses. This month, it will make a trip to Cambodia to do the same.

"By spearheading community-oriented projects for people in neighbouring countries who are less privileged that us, we are able to reach people who have never had an eye test or afford to pay to see a doctor," said Dr Cheryl Baumann, the CEO of SMG. "Without something as simple as a pair of spectacles, life can be difficult and some people have to stop work due to poor sight. We appeal to members of the public to donate their old glasses."

To date, the healthcare service provider has helped to channel over 13,050 pairs of used glasses, valued at more than $500,000, to less fortunate people in the region. It hopes to eventually collect one million used glasses and is appealing to the public to donate their old spectacles.

All types of plastic- and metal-framed spectacles – including sunglasses – are accepted, such as those for short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. All donated spectacles will be cleaned and classified according to prescription before being distributed to the needy.

Members of the public may donate their used spectacles at the following offices and clinics which are part of SMG:

Singapore Medical Group290 Orchard Road #13-01 Paragon Singapore 238859

The Lasik Surgery Clinic290 Orchard Road #13-01/06 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6836 1000

The Lasik Surgery Clinic501 Orchard Road #04-11 Wheelock Place Singapore 238880Tel: 6735 3000

The Dental Studio290 Orchard Road #13-01/06 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6836 0050

Singapore Vision Centre290 Orchard Road #13-01/06 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6836 1000

Singapore Aesthetic Centre10 Sinaran Drive #08-12/13 Novena Medical Centre Singapore 307506Tel: 6837 1000

The Cancer Centre290 Orchard Road Paragon #17-05/06 Singapore 238859Tel: 6835 1000

The Cancer Centre3 Mt Elizabeth #07-09 Mt Elizabeth Medical Centre Singapore 228510Tel: 6835 1000

Premium Lasik Surgery Clinic290 Orchard Road #17-03/04 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6838 1000

The Eye & Cornea Transplant Centre290 Orchard Road #17-03/04 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6838 1000

Singapore Lipo, Body & Face Centre10 Sinaran Drive #08-05/06 Novena Medical Center Singapore 307506Tel: 6736 1000

Singapore Sports Orthopaedic Surgery Centre290 Orchard Road #09-09/10 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6836 8000

The Obstetrics & Gynaecology Centre290 Orchard Road #16-07/08 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6238 1000

The Obstetrics & Gynaecology Centre319 Joo Chiat Place #02-06 Parkway East Medical Centre Singapore 427989Tel: 6346 3000

Centre for Eye Surgery501 Orchard Road #04-11 Wheelock Place Singapore 238880Tel: 6735 3000

Centre for Joint & Cartilage Surgery290 Orchard Road #09-09/10 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6836 8000

Centre for Spine & Scoliosis Surgery290 Orchard Road #09-09/10 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6887 5000

SMG Orthopaedic Group290 Orchard Road #09-09/10 Paragon Singapore 238859Tel: 6887 5000

amyyeong@sph.com.sg