You don’t have to be a Lion to help at our Eyeglass Sorting Events - it’s open to all volunteers. 


Upcoming Sorting Dates & Times.   We will be sorting glasses from 9:00AM - NOON on the following dates:


Jan 26, 2019


Feb 23, 2019

March sorting cancelled

Apr 27, 2019

May 25, 2019

June sorting cancelled

Jul 27, 2019

Aug 24, 2019

Sep 28, 2019

Oct 26, 2019

Nov 23, 2019

December sorting cancelled


Sorting Location:

Huachuca City Lions Club
125 S. Huachuca Blvd.
Huachuca City, AZ 85616


What we do at our Eyeglass Sorting Events.  Our Lions Clubs collect all types of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and hearing aids prior to our sorting events.  At our monthly “Eyeglass Sorting Events”, we sort the eyeglasses into usable glasses, scratched and broken glasses, and glasses with precious metal components.

Usable Glasses:  Undergo further processing, which includes: 

  • Cleaning
  • Sorting by type (bifocals, single vision, reading, etc.);
  • Reading (using a lensometer to determine the prescription)
  • Packaging in preparation for distribution (individually bagging each pair of glasses; then boxing the glasses according to prescription)
  • Delivering them to the Arizona Lions Eyeglass Recycling Terminal, Inc. (ALERT, Inc.) in Tucson for additional processing.
  • Finally, the eyeglasses are ready for distribution around the world.  

Distribution:  Lions Clubs and other volunteer humanitarian groups distribute the glasses "at-no-cost" to less fortunate individuals in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. 

Scratched and Broken Glasses:  These are donated to other non-profit organizations for further recycling.

Glasses with Precious Metal Components.  Glasses with precious metal components are separated from the others at the beginning of the sorting process.  The precious metal is sold, and the profits are used to purchase equipment and supplies used in the recycling program.


Our Lions eyeglass recycling programs make a lasting impact on thousands of lives, one person at a time. 


Interested in collecting glasses for our Southern Arizona Lions Clubs or taking part in eyeglass recycling -  we would love to have your help!




Many thanks to the below businesses and organizations.  They have allowed the Sierra Vista Lions Club to place eyeglass collection boxes in their facilities.


AAFES Optical Shop

PX Shopping Complex; Bldg. 52030; Ft. Huachuca

Mon-Fri:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sat:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Raymond W Bliss Army Health Center - Ophthalmology Clinic

2240 E Winrow Ave; Ft Huachuca, AZ


Cochise Eye and Laser

2445 E. Wilcox Drive; Sierra Vista, Arizona

Mon - Fri:  8 am – 5 pm)


Cochise Eye and Laser; Optical / Vision Care Clinic

4116 Avenida Cochise, Suite A, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Mon – Thurs:  8:00am - 5:30pm

Fri:  8:00am - 5:00pm


Ethel H. Berger Center (EBC)

2950 E Tacoma St.; Sierra Vista, AZ

Mon - Fri:  8 am - 5 pm


Veterans Administration - Sierra Vista Clinic

101 N. Coronado Drive, Suite A; Sierra Vista, AZ


Walmart Optical

500 N Highway 90 Bypass; Sierra Vista, AZ

Open 9 AM - ?

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