Sight & Hearing

Eyeglass Recycling – How You Can Help

Donate glasses and change someone's life. Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence. And provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.

Every day, our recycled eyeglass programs do all of this and more. Here's how you can donate glasses and help.

Drop Your Eyeglasses in Lions Collection Boxes

You can drop off your usable eyewear in our collection boxes at the following locations:

Cumberland Congregational Church
282 Main Street
Cumberland, Maine, 04021

North Yarmouth Congregational Church
3 Gray Road
North Yarmouth, ME 04097

Cumberland Town Office
290 Tuttle Road
Cumberland Center, ME 04021

North Yarmouth Town Office
10 Village Square Road
North Yarmouth, ME 04097

Prince Memorial Library
266 Main Street
Cumberland Center, ME 04021

Maine Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation

The Maine Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation was founded in 1955 and was originally known as Maine Sight, Inc. Our Mission is to furnish education to the people of the State of Maine resulting in the early detection of vision and hearing abnormalities; to assist in any projects which will result in improved sight and hearing for the people of the State of Maine; to assist any person or groups of persons in the preservation or improvement of their sight and hearing; to provide other services and financial assistance related to the sight and hearing preservation of residents of the State of Maine who are at or below the financial income limit established by the Foundation.

The Maine Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation is composed of representatives from Lions Clubs around the State of Maine, and the assistance we provide can be financial, material, social and developmental.

About the White Cane

In 1927 a Lion named George Bonham, of Peoria Illinois, created the White Cane and since then it has become the symbol indicating that a person is blind. In addition, it is a tool of sight-by-feel for the blind. Today, White Cane Laws are on the books in every state in the U.S. as well as many other countries. This provides the blind with legal status should they be involved in an accident. The White Cane, with its red band at the bottom, now universally acknowledges that the bearer is blind or visually impaired.

Quick Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease

Between 40 and 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy, although only about half are aware of it. According to the National Eye Institute, diabetic eye disease comprises a group of eye conditions that affect people with diabetes. These include: diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (swelling), cataract (clouding), and glaucoma, all of which have the potential to cause severe vision loss and blindness.

  • Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss among working-age adults. It often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs. People with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
  • Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care can protect against vision loss.