How can I reuse or recycle contact lenses?

We’ve had an email from Dean:

I have just had my eyes lasered and need a suggestion of where I can send unused trueye contact lenses? Also have some monthly disposables and two pairs of glasses?

Glasses – spectacles – are quite widely collected for recycling/reusing overseas — a lot of opticians have collection bins and some charity shops do too (Help the Ages, for example). Contact lens containers are also useful little things – eg, use them for carrying little amounts of salt, pepper or other seasonings on camping trips.

But what about the contact lenses themselves? Does anywhere collect them for redistribution overseas or anything?

Any suggestions?

Related Categories

bathroom, household, items, medical

Search for other related items

14 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle contact lenses?”

  1. shelly says:

    i once donated a contact lens to a vet to help heal an injured eye of a cocker spaniel.

  2. Kara says:

    My optician takes back any unused, unexpired lenses when my prescription changes. They usually give me a discount on my new lenses if the box is open, or a full refund if the box is unopened.

  3. Gulia says:

    I’d glue two lenses together, after placing an itsy-bitsy image or an object inside. Makes nice necklace. The earrings can be made by the same principle.

    Glue it onto a button to make it even prettier.

    Make a bowl or a sink for doll’s miniature house.

    Place a seed and a drop of water and watch it grow.

    Squeeze in into a small hall in a wall before plastering.

    Use for Halloween makeover. Glue to your face and cover with make up.

  4. I am sure anybody who finds a way to recycle contact lenses will make millions of dollars..

  5. Along the Way says:

    Probably good idea to use in a sculpture to build realistic eye curvature.

  6. Along the Way says:

    Probably good idea to use in a sculpture of a face to build realistic looking eye curvature.

  7. Along the Way says:

    One can make a vase for a call house, or a lamp, or just a kitchen bowl, fire pit? roof light for a miniature house?

  8. Along the Way says:

    Glue two lenses together with a tiny picture or an item in between. Hang on a chain and wear this cool necklace.

  9. Adeline says:

    Glue few dozen of lenses to the bottom of a rug, it will not slip.

  10. Uluska says:

    Some sewing thimbles feel too hard on a finger or are too big. Slide the eye lens inside the thimble to fix the problem.

  11. Maria says:

    Replace lost lining in a bottle, say, perfume bottle, with contact lens. Cut it to the needed size, if you have to.
    Also, contact lenses can be attached to furniture legs to prevent scratching of the floor. Try to do this with coasters too. I used them to stop microwave from moving when I open it’s door.

  12. Alenka says:

    Glue them on the bottom of electronics to avoid scratching surfaces.

Leave a Reply

Your name
Your email (it will not be published. If you want people to contact you, leave your email address in the message too.)
Your website (if you've got one)