Publishing note: This post was updated on May 11, 2016 with the latest information available.
After you’ve had your LASIK surgery, you might find you have some unused contacts and glasses sitting around. So, what to do with those items? The Optical Vision Site has some terrific ideas, including donating unused and unexpired contacts to places like Goodwill and Lenscrafters (check ahead of time to ensure they take them). Some organizations will take eyeglasses, contacts lens and contact solution. They also offer 11 creative uses for your unused contact lens – turning them into jewelry, picture frame accents, float them in a fishbowl or use for Halloween costume accents. Interesting ideas – have you ever done anything unusual with your contacts? About 25 percent of the world’s population needs glasses so you really can help by giving your eyeglasses and contacts to others. Your local Lions Club is a great resource. They collect eyeglasses and distribute them to those in need around the world. Here are a few other tips for recycling your glasses from Earth911.com, including having your frames remade into a pair of sunglasses. MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, has reached its capacity for contact lens donations, but you can view its wish list online.