Eyeglass Repair

Visually impaired people across the world are getting a new look at life with help from an unlikely source: prison inmates.

Two inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary clean and repair used eyeglasses that are donated through programs such as the Lions’ Club Recycle for Sight.

Inmates have been trained to use a lensometer, a machine which measures the power of a pair of eyeglasses. Inmates determine the prescription of the glasses and record the prescription so the glasses can be easily sorted.

Members of the South Dakota Optometrist Society and other volunteers package the glasses to be shipped to Mexico as part of a program started by Volunteer Optometrist Services to Humanity (VOSH), an organization of optometrists and other interested individuals who are dedicated to providing vision care to people around the world who can not otherwise afford or obtain it.

Members also travel to Mexico each year to examine residents and distribute eyeglasses to those who need help with their vision.

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Inmates repairing glasses. Inmates repairing glasses.
Inmates work on repairing old eyeglasses.