Hugo Higa, M.D., of Aesthetic Vision Center, is a Lion. A proud member of the Kamehameha Lions Club, that is!

As a dual-trained Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon, Dr. Higa encourages everyone to participate in Lions Club International’s Recycle for Sight program by donating unwanted prescription and reading eyeglasses, or sunglasses, to one of his Aesthetic Vision Center offices in Honolulu or ‘Aiea. Simply drop off the glasses you don’t use in his “Recycle for Sight” Box. According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected vision impairments.

“ I urge everyone to donate old eyeglasses to the Lions Club’s Recycle for Sight Program.”

Donation of Glasses - Generations Magazine - August - September 2011Most of them are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses. Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty, simply because they don’t have glasses. For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors, it means less dependence on others. Sunglasses that offer protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays are also important to preserve eye health.

It costs Lions less than 8-cents to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone’s life. Lions Clubs collect millions of eyeglasses each year, making “Recycle for Sight” one of the its most popular and important activities.

“I’m very proud to be a Lion, and to be a part of all the great work they do,” said Dr. Higa. “Lions are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects, including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.”

The Lions Clubs International Foundation helps to fund Lions humanitarian projects. Its 45,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make it the world’s largest service club organization. Its also one of the most effective. Recently, for example, it:

  • Brought 3,000 volunteers together to build a playground for children of all abilities in California.
  • Fed 60,000 people in a township in South Africa.
  • Sent a team of eye surgeons to Honduras to treat more than 100 adults and children.

If you need your donation glasses to be picked up, please call Aesthetic Vision Center at (808) 947-2020.

To see the “Journey of a Pair of Eyeglasses” in the Lions program or for other information, please visit


Hugo Higa, M.D. is a dual-trained Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon, performing medical and cosmetic procedures. Aesthetic Vision Center is Dr. Higa’s thriving practice offering Aging Eye Health & Vision services, Aging Eye Cosmetic Surgery, Cosmetic Facial Surgery, a Medi-Spa and the newly-opened Hugo Higa, M.D. Hearing Center.

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