Natalie Mitchell and Cameron Milliner. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

LOCAL optometrists are calling on residents to help tackle a major global health crisis by donating their second-hand glasses.

In partnership with Lions Recycle for Sight, Specsavers Kangaroo Flat and Bendigo are launching a new glasses recycling program, which will see quality glasses and sunglasses being delivered to people in need overseas.

There are more than 100 million people visually impaired as a result of not having access to glasses to correct simple vision problems.

Over time as the vision issues remain uncorrected and vision deteriorates, this has led to 6.8 million people living with blindness.

Specsavers Kangaroo Flat co-owner Natalie Mitchell said everyone deserves the right to see.

“The fact that there are so many people in disadvantaged communities who don’t have access to the glasses they need and are going blind as a result, is heart breaking,” she said.

“Vision problems can be detrimental not just to the individual, but they can have knock-on effects to their families and communities.”

Lions Recycle for Sight chairman Ken Leonard OAM said the group has delivered more than seven million pairs of refurbished quality glasses to people in need all around the world over the past 26 years.

“We’re really excited about working with Specsavers on this program because it will mean that we can process more glasses than ever before and save the sight of so many more people,” he said.