Recycling at Washington Eye Doctors
Helping our patients starts with taking care of the environment and reducing waste in the places where we work and live. In addition to offering quality eyewear and improving our patients’ eye health, recycling is just one of the ways we support the community we call home.
Bausch + Lomb Contact Lens Recycling Program
Washington Eye Doctors is proud to participate in the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program, the only U.S. contact lens recycling program of its kind. All three of our offices collect these lenses and properly recycle them to help the environment. For every 10 lbs. collected, $10 is given to Optometry Giving Sight, a global fundraiser that aims to prevent blindness and vision impairment among those in need. The initiative provides vision care in underdeveloped countries and trains eye care professionals in underserved communities. So far, we’ve contributed over 250 lbs. to the cause, and we plan to continue!
Eyeglass Frame Recycling Program
Do you have a pair of old eyeglass frames sitting around? To combat the waste that’s created by throwing them away and to help those in need, Washington Eye Doctors collects old frames from patients. We partner with groups around Washington, D.C., including the Lion’s Club, that donate frames to help those in our community in need. It’s one of our team’s favorite ways to reduce waste while helping more people in and around Washington, D.C. experience clear vision.
Other Outreach Initiatives
Cool Green Bag
Washington Eye Doctors co-founder Dr. Michael P. Rosenblatt and his family help combat hunger in our community through the Cool Green Bag initiative. This innovative program is simple — volunteers request a green bag to be delivered to their doorstep and then load it up with non-perishable food items that aren’t in glass. The bags are picked up off the porches and donated to the local food pantry to help feed those in need!
Food Collection Box
Another way we love to give back is through the food collection box, a project created by Dr. Rosenblatt’s son that is located in the Trinidad neighborhood in Washington, D.C. This box works similarly to the free library boxes you may come across in parks and on walking paths, but instead of providing access to books, it provides access to food. You can take food from the box if you need it and are encouraged to replace it or bring more when you can. If you would like to contribute, you can drop off food at any location!