For opticians
Used glasses (Uganda 2012) | © Martin Aufmuth

For opticians

Collecting used glasses was previously the most common approach to provide poor people with glasses.

Difficulty here is: used glasses often come in big containers, unsorted as can be seen in the above picture. They have to be tediously and time-consumingly cleaned and sorted. For their storage afterwards it would require cabinets or shelves, which, however, are scarce in Africa and elsewhere.

As it would be very unlikely to find a fitting frame with the correct lenses for each patient, the lenses usually are being removed and replaced by new, custom-made lenses. This again requires grinding machines, electric current and professional opticians – all not self-evident! On top there are costs for transport and for the spare lenses to be considered.

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