Read what our partners have to say about their experiences dispensing RestoringVision’s reading glasses and sunglasses.

Father and Son Helping People See and Live Better

“My son and I took a trip to visit friends and church leaders in the remote Nakui tribe, where we planted a church from 1997-2010. We delivered approximately 125 sets of reading glasses to very thankful men and women. For some, they are not literate but need the glasses to carry out normal tasks of everyday life like weaving string bags and carving arrows. For just about all of them, it was the first pair of glasses they had ever put on. Thank you for making it possible to provide such a practical way to help make life a bit better for the Nakui people.'”

ZimZam Global, Papua New Guinea, 2017

The Ripple Effect of Giving the Gift of Sight

“The most heartwarming story that I heard was an older man received his glasses from the nurses who were overseeing the distribution. He left the clinic smiling and immediately went to his work truck. My husband who was outside working as a greeter noticed the man immediately pull out a book of some sort. My husband thought he was playing Sudoku because there were boxes in the book. When my husband went to talk to the man, the man shared that he can now finally clearly see his billing sheets for his car repair business! It was a great weekend. Thank you again!'”

College of Medicine, Mexico, 2017

A Tool That Opens Doors

“Thank you, RestoringVision! We were blessed to share the Gospel with 4 different villages in Thailand using your reading glasses as a tool to open the door!”

Temple Baptist Church, Thailand, 2016

Clear Vision for A Better Future

“A woman said she wasn’t able to weave her Indian shirts anymore because she couldn’t see close up. She couldn’t afford to buy glasses, either. We were able to provide her free glasses so she could continue to work. She teared up and said ‘Thank you, thank you!'”

Real Impact Missions, Guatemala, 2016

Improving Nourishment 

“People were speechless once they saw their vision improve. The people of Haiti were so excited, they had to break up the glasses into daily limits, because there were so many people wanting glasses. The biggest impact they saw were in nourishment-the adult were having trouble seeing to prepare meals-carving meals-cutting bread, in addition others were able to get back to trade work.”

Envision The World, Haiti, 2015

NBA All Star Partners with RestoringVision 

“RestoringVision is partnering with DMF to provide thousands of pairs of reading glasses annually to DMF for the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital. RestoringVision was launched in 2003 with the goal of providing glasses to people around the world who need help with their close-up vision but are unable to obtain help. RestoringVision has helped distribute over 3,000,000 new reading and sunglasses with over 800 charitable groups. We are thrilled to be working with them to bring glasses to the DRC!”

Dikembe Mutombo, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2015

Sunglasses Can Make a Difference

One of the great blessings about working with RestoringVision this year was that we could give out sunglasses. In the past were limited as we did not have ample supply and had to depend upon donations and they were expensive to buy through retail. There is a great need for sunglasses from a practical standpoint because we see many people with red eyes irritated by exposure to the sun. I think of one lady in particular.  She is a street vendor, carrying a heavy container around all day in the hot sun.  She was so grateful for the sunglasses we gave her.”

Sherry Neese, Vision4Eternity, Honduras, 2015

Health Education and Sustainability

“We would like to thank RestoringVision for all that you have done for us. Without your generous support, we could not have been able to address the dire need for readers not only for older adults but also for many younger adults who have a need for reading glasses in Cambodia. Your assistance in our cause made sustainability, not just a concept for the communities in Cambodia but a tangible reality. We served approximately 1500 patients, giving each patient a combination of readers and/or sunglasses. With RestoringVision’s help, we had a chance to not only give health education on eye protection but also hand out over one thousand glasses! The smiles restored on the patients” faces, as they could finally read or walk into the sun without squinting, was beyond satisfying!”

Cambodian Health Professional Association of America, Cambodia, 2015

Preventing Eye Problems

“Because Honduras is closer to the equator, cases of cataracts due to overexposure to the sun are common. Being able to give out sunglasses along with the glasses will help prevent future eye problems. In accordance with your policy as well as BMDI’s policies, all glasses and sunglasses will be given to Honduran patients at no cost. Thank you for making glasses available at such an affordable price.  80% of the glasses that our patients need are reading glasses versus prescription glasses.”

Bound Jr., Baptist Medical Dental Missions International, Honduras, 2015

Joy

“All of the people at each of the sites were so appreciative of the reading glasses! It was such joy to be able to watch them put them on and witness their expressions as they are able to read clearly, then to watch their joy increase as they were able to read their new Bibles! We extend to you and your team their gratitude and hugs they gave us as a result of receiving the glasses! I even had two people at my site, who were each missing one eye. It was so humbling to be able to fit them with reading glasses that enabled them to read clearly out of their remaining eye. The joy that filled their faces is indescribable!”

E3 Partners, India, 2015

That Smile That I Will Never Forget

“Giving out glasses made a huge impact on many of the patients’ lives.  Many gave us smiles of appreciation, some gave us hugs, and others thanked us numerous thanks for helping them see the world again.  I personally can tell you that each and every person that worked in the vision station at some point in time felt a connection with the patient and also felt touched by the stories of these people.  One story I have is that we were closing up our station on the last day.  Then an old lady comes in and tells the optometrist and myself that she really needs glasses because she can’t see when she sews. I decided to stay behind and help the lady. I show her the chart and she can’t even read the first line. I give her the highest power we have, which was +3.50 and she put them on she had that smile that I will never forget and repeatedly thanked and hugged me.  She said because of me she could sew clothes for herself and family.  I can tell you that for each person that worked here had a similar story where they felt the same way.”

Summer Kanj, Foothill Collage’s Medical Brigades, Honduras, 2015