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02 May 2015
A museum to look at or leave behind glasses for a cause

One can donate Spectacles At A Sanpada Hospital

Looking at the neatly mounted display of spectacles, one may be forgiven to think that he has stepped into a fancy eyewear shop. But this is a museum with a cause. Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute at Sanpada has started the Spectacles Museum, on the ground floor of their premises where many patients donate their glasses after undergoing lasik or Vision corrective surgery.

The spectacles occupy an entire wall at the hospital. Along with the donated –eyewear, there are photographs of the donors and a few words expressing their thoughts on being spectacle free. Since its inception a month ago, more than 35 people have donated their spectacles for the needy.

Dr. Vandana Jain, chief cornea and lasik surgeon of the hospital, said, “I used to wear number 6.5 glasses since childhood and got my lasik done five years ago. On the day of the surgery, my husband took away my new designer glasses and got them adjusted for himself. So in a way, the glasses went to someone else.”

Setting up this museum of sorts was done for two reasons. “First, to get rid of your glasses after surgery and second, make good use of the old spectacles for needy patients,” added Jain.

Even residents of Navi Mumbai have come to the institute to help. Some of them have not even opted for lasik but just changed their frames and are happy to donate their old eyewear.

In a way, the initiative celebrates the spectacle-free life of patients. Dr. Nilesh Kadu, a consulting anaesthesiologist got lasik done and donated his old glasses.

Paediatrician Dr. Jauant Kejriwal and his wife underwent the surgery and were happy yo do the same.

“It is also a great confidence booster, you can get rid of your spectacles, knowing fully well that you won’t be needing the,” said Dr. Kejriwal.

The idea is to walk in with glasses and walk out leaving them behind, added Dr. Jain. “In a way it’s like getting rid of the old and moving on to a new way of looking at things,” said Dr. Jain.