Austin Founder Lions Club

Lions Recycle for Sight

Old Glasses Give New Life!

Lions recycle for Sight

To donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses; sorry no contact lenses), place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes found at various community locations. Below you will find a list of locations where collection boxes are available.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 153 million people around the world have uncorrected refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism). Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions of people in low and middle-income countries lack access to basic vision services. Without eyeglasses many people throughout the world have fewer opportunities for education, employment and a better quality of life. The Founder Lions Club would like you to donate your used eyeglasses.

The Journey of Recycled Glasses

  1. You drop off your used eyeglasses or sunglasses at various community locations listed below.
  2. The glasses are shipped to the Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Midland Texas where trained volunteers sort, clean and determine the prescription strengths of the glasses.
  3. Volunteers at the recycling center carefully package the prepared glasses and store them until they are required for overseas eyeglass dispensing missions. Glasses that are not suitable for reuse are recycled for scrap, with the earnings benefiting local Lions and Leos projects. Each year, the Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center supplies 60-80 missions sponsored by church groups, physicians and other organizations with used eyeglasses.
  4. At the mission site, eye care professionals and trained Lion and Leo volunteers perform vision screenings and dispense the appropriate recycled glasses, free of charge, to children and adults in need.

Mail the Eyeglasses

If you prefer to mail your eyeglasses for recycling instead of dropping them off, you may send them to:

Texas Lions Recycling Center
2550 Flynt Ave
Midland TX 79701

If your Austin area business or facility would like to be a collection location for eyeglasses, please call (512) 441-1555 or send an email to :

During the COVID-19 crisis, we recommend you call the facility you intend to drop-off your used eyeglasses to find out the times they are available to receive them. 

Facility Address City Zip Phone Lion responsible
Prosperity Bank 721 W Highway 290, # 100 Dripping Springs 78620 512-858-1256 Sam Hammett
 Heart of Texas Eye Institute13830 Sawyer Ranch Rd, #202 Dripping Springs78620 512-213-2220 Mim Hruby
Manchaca Baptist Church 1215 West FM 1626 MANCHACA 78652 512-282-0875 J.P. Kirksey
Central Christian Church 12th & Guadalupe Austin 78701 512-476-6941 Jackie Hammett
Central Presbyterian Church 200 E. 8th Street Austin 78701 512-472-2445 Mark Hastings
Hastings Communication Services 825 W 11th Street Austin 78701 512-476-6358 Mark Hastings
Optique Eyewear 211 Walter Seaholm Dr Unit LR 140 Austin 78701 512-472-EYES Mark Hastings
EyeRis Vision 3111 S Lamar Blvd  Austin 78704  512-222-5636 Mim Hruby
Texas Department of  Transportation  118 E. Riverside Drive  Austin 78704  512-416-2604  Mark Hastings
 Habitat for Humanity - ReStore 500 W Ben White Blvd  Austin 78704  512-478-2165  Ken Crone
 Howerton Eye Clinic  2610 S IH 35  Austin 78704   512-443-9715  Mim Hruby
 Lamar Senior Activity Center 2874 Shoal Crest Ave Austin 78705 512-474-5921 Mark Hastings
Eclectic Eyewear 2510 Guadalupe Street Austin 78705 512-472-4498 Mark Hastings
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 3600 Presidential Blvd. Austin 78719 512-530-7600 Mark Hastings
Envision Eye Center  1801 E. 51st, #360  Austin 78723   512-271-6677  
Santa Fe Optical 1601 W 38th Street Austin 78731 512-451-1213 Bill Anderson
Far West Optical 3908 Far West Blvd., Suite A115 Austin 78731 512-343-0432 Ken Crone
Texan Eye Care 5717 Balcones DriveAustin 78731 512-327-7000 Ken Crone
Robert Ross Optometrist 1600 West 38th Street Austin 78731 512-452-8598 Rudy Munguia
Westminster Manor 4100 Jackson Ave Austin 78731 512-454-2140 Tommy Cowan
LasikPlus Austin3410 Far West Blvd Suite 150A Austin78731  512-382-3850 Sandi Mann
 Howerton Eye Clinic  5625 Eiger Rd., Suite 100   Austin 78735   512-443-9715  Glenda Summers
The Continental Retirement Community 4604 South Lamar Blvd Austin 78735 512-879-1429 Mark Hastings
Sams Club 4970 West Highway 290 Austin 78735 512-358-8695 Robert Watson
Walmart 5017 W Highway 290 Austin 78735 512-892-6086 Robert Watson
TSO 7101 Hwy 71 W., Suite A3 Austin 78735 512-288-6555 Robert Watson
 Today's Vision 5353 West US Hwy 290, Ste 102  Austin 78735  512-899-2020  Mark Hastings
Seton Southwest 7900 FM 1826 Austin 78737 512-324-9000 Robert Watson
Bee Cave Vision Center 12400 Hwy 71 W., Suite 310 Austin 78738 512-804-2020 Mark Hastings
State Farm Insurance 2028 E. Ben White, Suite 228 Austin 78741 512-448-1766 Ken Crone
Westlake United Methodist Church 1460 Red Bud Trail Austin 78746 512-327-1335 Glenda Summers
McBeth Recreation Center 2401 Columbus Drive Austin 78746 512-974-9011 Mark Hastings
Texan Eye 1700 S MoPac Expy. Austin 78746 512-327-7000 Robert Watson
Sheppard of the Hills Lutheran Church 3525 Bee Cave Rd Austin 78746 512-327-3370 Robert Watson
Dell Laser Center 901 Mopac Expy S, plaza IV, Suite 350 Austin 78746 512-347-0255 Robert Watson
Westlake TSO 2712 Bee Cave Rd, Suite 118 Austin 78746 512-327-3605 Robert Watson
Westlake Eyecare 4613 Bee Cave Rd, Suite 201 Austin 78746  512-342-0700 Mark Hastings
Vision Center Tanglewood 2110 W Slaughter Lane, Suite 129 Austin 78748 512-280-0520 Robert Watson
Costco Wholesale 4301 W. Wm. Cannon Dr. Austin 78749 512-382-3011 Mark Hastings
Oak Hill Eye Care 6000 W Wm Cannon Dr. #100 Austin 78749 512-288-0444 Robert Watson
CVS Pharmacy4001 W. William Cannon Austin78749 512-891-0172 Mim Hruby
Lakeline Vision Source 12233 Ranch Road 620 N, Suite 103 Austin 78750 512-918-3937 Ken Crone
U. S . Post Office 13376 N Research Blvd, Suite 128 Austin 78750 N/A Ken Crone
Gallery Eyewear 12885 N. Research Blvd., Suite 209 Austin 78750 512-335-2020 Ken Crone
Capitol Optical Salon 1009 E. 40th St, #201 Austin 78751 512-451-5226 Mark Hastings
Cook-Walden Funeral Home 6100 North Lamar Austin 78752 512-454-5611 Mark Hastings
Resolution Eyecare  6929 Airport Blvd, #165  Austin 78752   512-580-9035  Mark Hastings
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired 1100 West 45th Street Austin 78756 512-454-8631 Patti Robinson
 Eye Physicians of Austin  5011 Burnet Rd,  Austin 78756 512-583-2020  Sandi Mann
Gene Rogers Optical 2700 W. Anderson Lane Austin 78757 512-451-7316 Ken Crone
Anderson Lane Optical 2900 W. Anderson Lane, Suite G Austin 78757 512-451-6586 Glenda Summers
North Austin Optical 8015 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 123 Austin 78757 512-458-4440 Ken Crone
Premier Optics 8105 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite A Austin 78757 512-454-4641 Ken Crone
Austin Diagnostic 12221 N Mo Pac Exwy, Suite 2N Austin 78758 512-901-4527
Austin Pediatric Ophthalmology 4700 Seton Center Pkwy Ste. 150  Austin 78759  512-345-3595 Mim Hruby
McCormick Vision Center 12701 Research Blvd, Suite 101 Austin 78759 512-258-2020 Mim Hruby
Vision Works 10515 N Mopac Expwy, Suite A115 Austin 78759 512-345-7260 Mim Hruby
Eyecare Vision Center 4815 W. Braker Lane, Suite 560 Austin 78759 512-338-9774 Mim Hruby
Seton Northwest 11113 Research Blvd Austin 78759 512-324-6000 Mim Hruby
Capitol Optical Salon Northwest 11901 Jollyville Rd., Suite #2 Austin 78759 512-250-2020 Mim Hruby
Northwest Hills Eye Care 3921 Steck Ave #A121 Austin 78759 512-328-0555 Sandi Mann

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