Glasses are one of the greatest inventions in the history of humankind - they can have a significant impact on job opportunities, education, productivity and quality of life. Millions of people worldwide do not have access to glasses, either because of cost or due to inaccessibility of eye care expertise. Here in the US we have millions of eyeglass donations from eager donors, mostly lying dormant in storage because of the difficulty in matching specific prescriptions to those who can benefit. ReSpectacle solves this problem by leveraging the power of the internet, providing an online database driven by a doctor-derived search algorithm. We screen for the very best glasses donations, and have a network of over 600 volunteer eye care professionals & medical students who grade, measure, describe, and photograph the glasses. Users are given the opportunity to plug their prescription into the website, review their search results, and ultimately afforded the dignity of selecting a preferred style frame among available options. Glasses are shipped at no cost to recipient. ReSpectacle has recycled >10,000 pairs of glasses in the last year, to all 50 states and 25 countries worldwide. As the organization increases scale users from underserved communities worldwide will have more matches & styles to pick from. This is the future of eyeglass recycling!
A $10 donation provides glasses to 3 people.
A $50 donation provides glasses to 17 people.
A $5000 donation will help us rent some volunteer/warehouse space.
A $10,000 donation will help us hire our first employee.