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: 


Oct 28, 2023

Sorting Location:

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


What we do at our Eyeglass Sorting Events.  The Sierra Vista Lions Club, in partnership with the Huachuca City Lions Club, sort donated eyeglasses into usable glasses, scratched and broken glasses, and glasses with precious metal components.


Usable Glasses:  Undergo further processing, which include: 

  • Washing
  • Sorting by type (bifocals, single vision, reading, etc.);
  • Determining the eyeglass prescription strength using a lensometer
  • 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.


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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