Lions Clubs Recycle Used Eyeglasses

Please donate your unused eyewear so that others can see.


The Need for Glasses – 153 Million Reasons Lions Recycle for Sight

According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism).  Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.

Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don't have corrective eyeglasses.  They can't learn, because reading is difficult.  They can't work to the best of their ability, because they can't see clearly.

For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life.  For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength.  For seniors it means less dependence on others.

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged LIONS  to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." And we accepted. Today, sight programs remain one of our defining causes.

Lions clubs around the world collect millions of eyeglasses each year to address the need for glasses, making eyeglass recycling one of our most popular and rewarding activities.

Lions clubs send collected eyeglasses to one of our 18 official Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centres in the world.  The Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC) is in Calgary, Alberta.

-       At each of these Centres Lions volunteer their time and services to prepare eyeglasses for distribution, cleaning and classifying each pair by prescription.
-       Optical missions sponsored by Lions clubs and other groups distribute the donated eyeglasses to needy people throughout the world, in accordance with local laws.

Once the CLERC has prepared the glasses they are given to qualified missions delivering glasses to the needy around the world.  In 2013 the the distribution of glasses from the CLERC reached these areas:  Africa 38%, Central America 22%, South Asia 19%, Aouth America 13%, Europe 8%, and Middle East 1%.

The Lions Clubs of District A-711 (the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area) collect and ship over 150,000 pairs of glasses annually to our Recycling Centres in Canada.  These glasses will find themselves used on Missions throughout the Americas and elsewhere around the world as noted above.

Types of Eyeglasses we collect

We collect new and used reading, single vision, bifocal, children, safety, swim gogles with prescription lenses and both prescription and non-prescription Sunglasses (clip-ons and glasses).  Glasses may consist of glasses in frames, frames only, or uncut lenses.

We also now collect broken glasses and loose lenses.  We have partners to our recycling centres who will recover metals and other components from broken glasses.  Your loose lenses are sold to a contractor where they are shredded, mixed with reflective paint and used for highway lines (in the USA).

Where can I drop off used Eyeglasses?:

Lions Clubs have collection points across Canada.  Our club operates in Mississauga.  Below you may find places you can drop your glasses of in our city.

Click:  to find your closest collection point on a map anywhere in Canada.

To find a location close to you in Mississauga please review the following list (in postal code order):

Location Name Street Address  Postal
Rockwood Optical     4141 Dixie Road L4W 1V5 905-625-6444
Wal-Mart Supercentre 1500 Dundas Street East L4X 1L4 905-615-1018 x 3, 5
Delta Bingo Hall 1650 Dundas Street East L4X 2Z3 905-615-8707
Vision Depot Applewood Hills Plaza, 1125 Bloor St. L4Y 2N6 905-276-4742
Burnhamthorpe Public Library 3650 Dixie Road L4Y 3V9 905-615-4635
Dr. Michael Banducci & Associates 2 Robert Speck Parkway, Suite 150 L4Z 1H8 905-615-0500
Eyeglass Studio 40 Bristol Road. E., Unit 4 L4Z 3K8 905-507-0122
Ideal Optical 4559 Hurontario Street L4Z 3L9 905-507-9752
BT Optical 5035 Hurontario Street, Unit 12 L4Z 3X7 905-614-1888
Alex Optical 172 Dundas E. L5A 1W4 905-272-1596
Glance Optical 3085 Hurontario St. Unit 16 L5A 2G9 416-273-4943
Mississauga Valley Community Ctre. 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd. L5A 3R8 905-615-4670
Nu-Look Optical #6 - 350 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. L5A 3S5 905-848-3937
VIP Optical Ltd. 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., L5A 3Y1 905-848-2277
Amar Optical 2325 Hurontario St, Unit 3 L5A 4C7 905-896-9200
Delta Optical Square One Shopping Ctre L5B 2C9 905-896-4030
Wal-Mart Optical Centre 100 City Centre Drive L5B 2C9 905-270-9300 x 3, 5
Queensway Optometric Centre 101 Queensway West, Suite 140 L5B 2P7 905-848-2020
EyeLovers - Mississauga Optometric Clinic 50 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Suite 70 L5B 3C2 905-275-2020
TLC Laser Eye Centres 50 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.,Suite 101 L5B 3C2 1-877-852-2020
Lions Farmers Market - Shipp Drive (Sundays June-Oct.) 3 Robert Speck Parkway (in trailer) L5B 3C6 647-830-0216
20/20 Optometry  325 Central Parkway West, Unit #27 L5B 3X9 905-270-2020
Mississauga Central Library 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West L5B 3Y3 905-615-3200
Dr. Ling L. Huang 71 King Street West, Suite 401 L5B 4A2 905-273-9793
Prism Eye Institute - Dr. Daily 71 King Street West, Suite 207 L5B 4A2 905-270-2621
Jason Optical 1151 Dundas W Suite 24, Westdale Mall L5C 1C6 905-275-8555
Real Canadian Superstore® (Optical Dept.) 3045 Mavis Road  L5C 1T7 905-275-6171
Loblaws Real Canadian Superstore Optical Dept. 3045 Mavis Rd. L5C 1T7 905-275-6171
Glance Optical  1000 Burnhamthorpe Rd. West L5C 2S4 289-374-0400
Amazing Optical 1140 Burnhamthorpe Road West L5C 4E9 905-306-1188
Port Credit Library 20 Lakeshore Rd. E. L5G 1C8 905-615-4835
Queen Spectacle 102 Lakeshore Road East L5G 1E3 905-486-0053
Trinity Anglican Church 26 Stavebank Rd N L5G 2V2 905-278-1992
Cawthra Park Secondary School (office) 1305 Cawthra Road L5G 3L1 905-274-1271
Royal Canadian Legion 35 Front Street North L5H 2E1 905-278-9001
Lorne Park Library 1474 Truscott Drive L5J 1Z2 905-615-4845
Clarkson Eye Care A4 - 1020 Johnson's Lane L5J 2P7 905-916-3937
Sheridan Optometric Centre 2155 Leanne Blvd L5K 2K8 905-822-3698
Dr B. R. Marsden & Associates, Optometrist 3115 Glen Erin Drive, Unit 4 L5L 1J3 905-828-2383
Prism Eye Institute 3200 Erin Mills Pkwy, L5L 1W8 905-456-3937
Wal-Mart Optical Centre 2150 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.@ Erin Mills L5L 5Z5 905-608-0922
Costco Optical Center 3180 Laird Road L5L 6A5 905-828-3340 x 5,1,2
Streetsville EyeCare 128 Queen Street South,Unit 21 L5M 1K8 905-826-5292
Queen Spectacle 201 Queen St. S. L5M 1L4 905-858-2121
Dr. Sciberras Eyecare 2000 Credit Valley Road, Suite 105 L5M 4N4 905-828-2282
Dr. Pam Gill 414 Credit Valley Rd. L5M 4N4 905-820-2121
Erin Mills Eye Exam Clinic 5100 Erin Mills Parkway (Erin Mills Shopping Ctre) L5M 4Z5 905-569-6311
Illusion Eyewear Erin Mills Shopping Centre, 5100 Erin Mills Parkway Unit D6 L5M 4Z5 905-828-7566
LensCrafters Erin Mills Town Centre L5M 4Z5 905-569-6300
Loblaw greatfood™ Optical Dept. 5010 Glen Erin Dr. L5M 6J3 905-607-0580 x 135
Nu-Look Optical #2 - 2963 Argentia Road L5N 0A2 905-812-9800
Jonathan Lenard Opticians 6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Cir, Unit N2D L5N 2W7 905-826-0140
Rama Gaming Centre 2295 Battleford Road L5N 2W8 905-821-7821
Elite Optique Inc 2760 Derry Road West L5N 3N5 905-824-5296
Wal-Mart Optical Centre 3155 Argentia Road L5N 8E1 905-785-6386
Real Canadian Superstore® Loblaw optical 3050 Argentia Rd. L5N 8E1 905-785-3150 x 135
Meadowvale Optometry 6056 Financial Drive, Unit 1 L5N 8J4 905-813-3937
Dr. Sibbald Applewood Shopping Ctre, Suite 210, 1077 N. Service Rd L5R 2X5 (905)273-9009
Dr. Lisa Lo 9-30 Eglinton Avenue W. L5R 3E7 289-521-2020
Pearl Vision  5935 Mavis Rd., Unit 2A1, (next to Panera Bread) L5R 3T7 905-890-1616
Advance Opticians The Mavis Mall, 660 Eglinton Ave. W. L5R 3V2 905-712-4519
AKAL Optical 11-5380 Terry Fox Way L5V  0V5 905-858-0080
Creditview Optical 14A 1250 Eglinton Avenue West L5V 1N3 905-826-2811
Unique Optical 6085 Creditview Road, Unit 103 L5V 2A8 905-821-2248
Wal-Mart Optical Centre 800 Matheson Blvd. West L5V 2N6 905-817-9695
Complete Eyecare 15-5425 Creditview Road L5V 2P3 905-363-2994
Laurier Optical 1-905 Britannia Road L5V 2X8 905-568-8899
Falcon Vision Centre 6980 Maritz Drive #2 L5W 1Z3 905-564-6251

Find more collection points across all of Canada visit:

We send the majority of the glasses we receive to The Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre in Calgary. Watch this video to see what happens to them when they arrive, and how they are put to use:

See the impact your old glasses can have... Watch this video:



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