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Updated: 2/17/2014 10:10 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - February is National Low Vision Awareness month.

Which explains why some boxes are placed in strategic locations in and around buildings at the North Mississippi Medical Center.

Eyeglasses new, old, or unused are being collected. 

The Lions Club will distribute the eyeglasses to third world countries and to local people in need. 

"They generally grind the lenses down and use them and refurbish them in order to help people in third world countries have the gift of vision," said Cheri Nipp, occupational therapist at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic.
"I think what a lot of people don't realize is that 90 percent of all the information that we take in everyday comes through our vision and what we see," said Nipp.

Another key aspect as to why eyeglasses are in such demand is because of the safety factor.

People with poor vision depend on eyeglasses to help with everyday activities an challenges, but mainly to improve their quality of life.

"It's very important," said Ginger Weston, office manager North Mississippi Sports Medicine Orthapedic Clinic. "There's people out there that needed these glasses you know crossing the road to be able to cook so this is a really good thing their doing."

The eyeglasses drive will run through the end of March before the collection is handed over to the local Lions Club Chapter. 

Some of the extra glasses that are collected will stay local and be donated to the Tree of Life Clinic in Tupelo.

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