A: ReSpectacle is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that uses the power of the internet to facilitate redistribution of high quality used eyeglasses to underserved individuals & communities worldwide.
A: If you are visiting our website from outside the continental USA
If you live in the continental USA, follow these instructions:
A: Your patient only needs their Sphere/Cyl/Axis values — we'll take care of the rest. You can print and fill out this
A: No. ReSpectacle is simply an organized resource of used eyeglasses, we do not perform eye exams or give eyeglass prescriptions. In order to use our website, one must obtain an accurate eyeglass prescription from an eye care provider.
A: Current donation bins and mailing information can be found on the Donate page.
A: No. ReSpectacle does not recycle contacts lenses at this time.
A: No. When received, these items will be recycled. We selectively process the very best donations we receive.
A : No.
A: Yes. These devices can be dropped off at any of our collection bins or mailed to us at the address specified on the Donate page.
A: Possibly if you are lucky, however in most circumstances the answer is no. A pair of glasses from ReSpectacle is unlikely to give you the same quality of vision, comfort & style that you can otherwise get with a pair of custom-made glasses fit by a certified optician. ReSpectacle was designed to be used by people who have no other means of getting life-changing vision correction. In most circumstances, however, we would expect a match from ReSpectacle to be better than no glasses at all.
A: The algorithm will search for any ReSpectacle glasses in the range of the prescription entered by the user. Matches closer to 100% will offer the best chance of improving vision. As a general guideline: Green matches: (90% or above) should be selected whenever possible, as they offer the highest likelihood of user satisfaction. Yellow matches: 80-90% are probably going to be better than nothing. Red matches: 70-80% offer the lowest likelihood of improving vision. We would suggest only ordering glasses in this range if done under the guidance of an eye care professional. The algorithm filters out glasses that offer no chance of improving vision based on the prescription entered. Users should recognize that each individual has different sensitivity for refractive error, a 90% match for one individual may be acceptable whereas the same 90% match may not be acceptable to another individual.
A: ReSpectacle limits orders to 3 pairs of glasses per individual, per calendar year. Exceptions are made for eye care providers who order glasses on behalf of their patients (see information on provider registration).
A: There are many possible reasons why you might not see clearly with your glasses, here are a few possible examples:
A: You are under no obligation to return them, however we would encourage you to recycle them by a) dropping them off at a nearby ReSpectacle collection bin, b) mailing them back to us, or c) recycling them at your local optical shop or eye care center.
A: One does not need to register with ReSpectacle in order to use the website. However, registered providers are allowed unlimited numbers of orders per year (instead of maximum 3 per year) and their orders will be allowed to bypass the daily cap on orders from the website. With time we will offer a wider range of advanced features to providers.
A: Please contact us at LynchMD@respectacle.org if you have a special request on a specific pair of glasses. Depending on availability of personnel at location where glasses are stored, we may be able to accommodate some selected requests.
A: Shipping of glasses is paid for by grant funding and private donations. As long as ReSpectacle continues to have adequate funding, prescription glasses will be free to whomever orders them.
A: Donations can be made online via our website here, or a check (made out to “ReSpectacle") can mailed to:
ReSpectacle C/o Jeffrey Lynch, MD/AEC 1719 Tower Drive Stillwater, MN 55082
A: 100% of donations are used toward the mission of ReSpectacle: To facilitate re-distribution of quality used eyeglasses to underserved communities worldwide. In many cases, as little as two dollars will cover the cost of shipping a pair of glasses to an individual in need. You will receive a charitable contribution receipt for your donation.