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Dec 7

Yessir, a vase full o' eyeglasses

If you've ever taken a look at our surgery suite,you may have noticed a rather curious vase of eyeglasses sitting on a table pushed against the northern wall of the room.

"You know, I have," you say while tenting your fingers and settling into your dark-green overstuffedleather armchair in a manner professorial. "Is it a trophy? Is it there becauseeach pair of glasses issymbolic proof of Dr. David Rootman and his sundry corneal specialists masterfullyconquering surgery after surgery, the way pilots and bomber crews during the Second World War used to paint planes and bombs on their fuselages torepresent the number of enemy fighters or targetsthey'd gotten rid of?"

Um...not a bad guess, inquisitive reader, but no, not really. That would imply a level of braggadocio that's not really our style.

Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International. He wore glasses, you know.

You see, at the Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye and Cosmetic Centre in Toronto, we're interested in providing people with the gift of improved vision in any way we can, which is what makes our partnership with Lions Clubs International and our contribution to their Eyeglass Recycling Program so rewarding. As their website states:

"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 glasses. They can't learn, because reading is difficult. They can't work to the best of their ability, because they can't see clearly."

This isa pretty regrettablestate of affairs, but it's not quite as difficult to amend as one might imagine.After all, itcosts Lions Clubs International "less than US$0.08 to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone's life" -- and you can be the one who makes that change! If you have a pair of glasses you no longer need, you can bring them to our location at 2345 Yonge Street, Suite 212 the next timeyou come in for anappointment anddrop them in the aforementionedvase.Someone from the Lions Clubs comes by once a month to collect them.You can also drop glasses off at Lions-sponsored collection boxes located throughout Toronto or mailthem directlyto your nearest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre.

If you'd like tolearn more aboutLions Clubs'Eyeglass Recycling Program, please visit their website. It's something we're very proud to bea part of, and you will be too!

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