When Jen Hyde visited her local optical shop to order new prescription lenses for her children, out of curiosity, she asked what they did with the old lenses. “When they told me they threw them away, I was aghast,” she says.
Having served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, the Newton resident vividly remembers how difficult it was for impoverished people to access healthcare, let alone eyewear. Jen began to research vision-correction in developing countries and devise ways to provide impoverished people with donated frames and lenses. She volunteered on an eye care mission to Haiti, providing free screenings and eyewear. She also collected donated eyewear in her local community as part of the Lions Club.