It is that time of year in the United States, where there is a mad scramble to use up your Flexible Spending Account funds. Employers made make contributions, you may make contributions, either way, FSA funds are a use it or lose proposition. You must spend the funds on something that is healthcare related.
One of the most important eye healthy thing you can do is to purchase eyeglasses or sunglasses. We have put together a listing of companies that can help make your dollars count by giving back to a cause. Some of these companies are wholesale only, you will have to go to their website to find the closest retailer near you. Some of the companies do sell online.
One for One Platforms
- 141 Eyewear– offers a one for one programs. Wholesale eyewear company based in Oregon
- Ace and Tate (UK) wholesales and retails products. Offers a one for one program.
- Adlens (UK and USA) variable focus eyewear has a one for one program. Can purchase online or a retailer near you. In partnership with Fight For Sight
- Benji Frank (USA) online program that offers one for one. Giving back to vision. The page that lists it is not working.
- Blue Planet Eyewear (Carpentria, CA) One for one program, Gives to Lions Club.
- Collins Bridge Eyewear (Florida) online company and wholesales products.m Give back to New Eyes For The Needy
- Contacts For Good. Online company started by an optometrist that gives an eye exam for every pair of contacts sold. They also offer eyewear.
- Eye4Eyewear (OH) One for one program and gives back to education.
- Eynack Eyewear offers a one for one eyewear program for their readers. Sold online and had Store Listing
- Indivijual Eyes (TX) Bespoke online dealer, who will donate a frame for every frame order.
- Jimmy Fairly (France) has store locations, offers a one for one program.
- Karmoie Eyewear (France) Donates a pair of eyejusters for every frame sold.
- Milk Eyewear (Arcadia, CA) one for one program and will donate a frame to New Eyes For The Needy
- Modo (New York) offers several programs, one for planting trees and another for a one for one. They are sold through eyecare professionals.
- Readerwear (Canada) gives a pair or readers for every pair sold.
- Revo Eyewear (Clearvision Optical and Legacie) Gives Back $10 for every frame sold to fight for sight .
- Smart Buy Glasses (USA, UK) offers a one for one program. Sold online
- Toms Eyeglasses, wholesale and has retail stores. Also sold through eyecare professionals. They offer a one for one give back program.
- Von Zipper Eyewear (Irvine, CA) has a one for one program for a few particular styles
- Warby Parker (NY) one for one. Gives back to varies charities.
Companies giving Back To Vision Charities
- Allyn Scura (CA) Works with Lions Club and other vision charities for the recycling of eyewear.
- Anthropose (Nepal) For every 10 pair sold, a cataract surgery is given. Frames are sold online as well as through retailers.
- Article One (Chicago, IL) Gives back to Helen Keller International.
- Bambooka (UK) Gives back to Eyewear Africa
- Bohten (Canada) partnered with Sight Savers. For every pair sold a donation is made. Wholesale and Retail
- Chromos Eyewear (PA) Has a retail store and wholesales eyewear. Chromos Cares provides eye exams for children in need.
- Coastal Contacts (owned by Essilor) gives back to Change The View to distribute eyeglasses and Vitamin A to those in need. Online Company, with both contact lenses and eyewear.
- Daybreak Sunglasses (Australia) On Indiegogo, they have promised to help restore sight to someone in need for every frame sold. They did achieve their funding goal.
- Dharma Eyewear (Farmingdale, NY) Gives back 5% to Optometry Giving Sight. Online company.
- Ellison Eyewear (Iowa) Gives back by providing fund to Aravind Eyecare System.
- Envision Eyewear (Ohio) Provides glasses to those in need. Wholesale
- Eyejusters (UK) has a program in which you can donate a pair if you buy a pair.
- Eyewear Pros (Staten Island, NY) Gives $5.00 back for every purchase for every frame sold. Online company
- Eyes of Faith (PA) Gives back to Vision Charities. Goes on Mission Trips to save sight.
- Femie Eyewear (MD) Started by Optometrist, 5% of the sales go back to Optometry Giving Sight.
- FGX (Essilor Company) Gives back to various vision charities, including restoringvision.org, local charitable organizations.
- Green Eyes Eyewear Partners with Prevent Blindness America. Will donate a portion for every frame sold in the USA. Online Eyewear company.
- Jambo Eyewear (UK) online bamboo eyewear company giving back to Sight Savers
- Panda Eyewear (DC) Works with Optometry Giving Site. Bamboo eyewear online.
- Proof Eyewear (Idaho) Multitude of Give Back programs. Have helped build eye clinics in India and El Salvador.
- Front Row Eyewear (USA) Online company. Buyers have the choice to donate to SEVA or Guide Dog Foundation For the Blind.
- Pterys (USA) Give back for prevention of Pterys in Haiti
- Rejwan Eyewear (Tarzana, CA) Owned by an optometrist, they give back to Prevent Blindness
- Shauns of California (Solana Beach, CA) Wholesale and retails products. Works with Give Sight.
- Solo Eyewear (San Diego, CA) Wholesale and retail products. Works with Restoring Vision
- Waveborn Eyewear (Washington DC) Contributes back to Cataract Surgerys
Eyewear Companies Giving Back To Animals
- Extinct Sunwear (CA) Gives back to animals. online eyewear company. They were on Kickstarter and not sure if shipping yet.
- Fetch Eyewear (Oregon) Donates 100% of profits to Animal Shelters
- HF Eyewear (Nebraska) 10% of each sale goes to help save pandas. Sold via retailers and online.
- Jacques Maria Mage (Los Angeles) Gives back to Wolves. Sell online as well as through retailers.
- Kaenon- Participates in Sup with A Pup every year. You can purchase online or they have a dealer locator on the site.
- Monkey Glasses– Give back To Orangutans
- Paws N Claws (PA) Gives back to ASPCA.
- Barring Eyewear (PA) Gives back to Cancer and other local charities.
- ClearVision (NY) has an annual Breast Cancer Frame. In 2015 it was an Ellen Tracy Sunglass. They also participate in many local charitable causes. Wholesale only. You can check with your local eyecare professional.
- David Ford and EDA Cancer Sucks campaigns donates back to breast cancer.
- Sunshades (Australia and NZ) Eyewear distributor that give back to local cancer events. Wholesale only.
- Vera Bradley Eyewear (Distributed through the McGee Group) Gives Back to Breast Cancer. McGee Group is a wholesaler only.
- Hilco (MA) offers an annual breast cancer lens cleaner. They are a wholesaler only.
Children – Education
- Aya Eyewear (Canada) Support OneXOne a charity for children in need.
- Eyewear Insight (CA) online company that gives 10% back to education to anyone who has a fundraising event using their products.
- Jimmy Swagg Eyewear (NY) Gives back to Beyond The Boroughs in NY for education. Online eyewear
- Kate Young For Tura Kids: Gives back to Child Mind Institute. Tura is a wholesale eyewear company. Contact local eyecare professional to view the line.
- Land Over Yonder, (St. George, UT) Wood eyewear that provides education for children in Africa
- Velvet Eyewear (NY) Gives back to Velvet Foundation For the Arts
- Eyemusement (Mn) For every frame sold, they give $2.00 to Doctors Without Borders. Wholesale and sells online.
- Lucid Eyewear (Mammoth, CA) for every frame sold, buy a malaria net for those in need. They work with the Kedesh Orphanage in Mozambique, Africa
- Woo Class (Italy) gives back to people with Psychic problems. Wood eyewear company.
- Balboa Eyewear (Newport Beach, CA) Support Meals on Wheels. This sunglass line was funded on Kickstarter.
- Chief Eyewear (Australia) $5.00 of each pair sold is either donated back to Kids With Cancer or Seabird Rescue.
- Costa by Essilor (Florida) Gives back to Marine Conservation and started Kick The Plastic Campaign. Kenny Chesney collection gives back to Marine Conservation. Sold online or through retailers.
- Dick Moby (Netherlands) Works with Surfrider to help clean oceans. Sold online and in retail stores.
- Ducks Unlimited by McGee Group help to save the wetlands. The McGee Group wholesales product. Local eyecare providers can get the products.
- KnockArounds (San Diego, CA) sunglasses that offered a shark sunglass in honor of shark week. Gives back $5.00 to a charity in honor. They may not qualify for FSA refunds. Not and RX sunglass line.
- SBOJi (CA) gives back to Paddle for the Planet and Chill.
- Spy Optics (Carlsbad, CA) has a collection in conjunction with Surfriders. This product is new. Purchase online or through local distributors.
- John Angus Eyewear (Scotland) Wood eyewear. Buy a pair and they will plant 2 trees. They also give back to supply water. Online eyewear.
- Kuma Eyewear Plants a tree for every frame sold (wholesale only)
- Medicine Werx Plants 10 trees for every frame sold. Purchase online
- Modo will plant a tree for every frame sold in the Modo Collections (see above)
- Ojos Eyewear (Venice, CA) plants 10 trees for every frame sold, member of 1% For The Planet, utilize Fair Trade accessories. Purchase online or throught their retail locator
- Palowood Eyewear (Spain) Plants trees. Online Eyewear
- Thrive Shades, Wood Eyewear company that Plants a tree for every eyeglass sold. Online eyewear
- We Wear Wood (Utah) Plants a tree for every purchase. Online wood sunglass company.
- We Wood (CA) Wood eyewear line that plants trees
- Wood Proof Eyewear (Singapore) Plants a tree for every frame sold. Plant a Billion Trees Program.
- Wootdzee (Chico, CA) Wood eyewear line that plants trees. They will also donate your old wooden sunglasses. woo
- CV Changing Eyewear (Tampa, Florida) They made their funding goal, but it doesn’t look like they are in business.
- Vari Eyewear– Gives back to Wounded Warrior Project
- Way Bu Sunglasses (CA) provides Aquapak to provide clean water in developing countries.
Shop By Cause
- Front Row Eyewear Shop by Cause, Give back to SEVA, Guide Dogs, Lions Club
- Moorea Seal- Department online store. Offers Shop by Cause.
- Mr. M Eyewear (CA) Buyers have a choice of 4 charities to give back to. Cancer, Veterans, Save the Children and Conservation. Online company.
- Penn Avenue Eyewear Shop by Cause platform. Will donate 10% of the sales to a choice of 23 different charities. Pick your eyeglasses and pick a cause. Products is wholesale and sold online.
- The Wild Soul– Pick your glasses and pick your cause. From water to schools.
- Westward Leaning (San Francisco) Each frame has a stone which symbolizes which charity they donate 10% of net proceeds back to. Clean Air, Clean water to name a few.
General Give Back
- Kennedy Seekers (RI) clothing and sunglass company that gives 15% back to varies charities.
- Loewe (Spain) Department store that sells sunglasses. Established Loewe Foundation gives back to Fine Arts
- Maverick Eyewear (Venice, CA) Wood eyewear company that gives back to a varies of causes, from Breast Cancer, education and refugees.
- Modern Optical International– Gives back to Lions Club, Kindness is Doing Something Nice For Kids, Local Food Pantry . Wholesale only.
- Sama Eyewear – Wholesale and retail company. Sam Vance Foundation contributes back to various foundations including: Hetrick-Martin Institute, Friendly House, Candie’s Event to Prevent, The Rainforest Foundation Carnegie Hall Benefit, The Nerine Shatner Friendly House, A New PATH, The Westside Center for Independent Living, The Shanti Foundation, the Lakers Youth Foundation, the Staples Center Foundation, The Vision Awards, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Project Angel Food, The Foundation Fighting Blindness and MusiCares.
- Zenni Optical (CA) online eyewear that contributes back to breast cancer and Lions Club
A special mention to the following wholesale optical companies that participated in World Site Day:
ABB Optical Group, Alcon, AllAboutVision.com, CooperVision, Essilor, Eyefinity, FYidoctors, Marchon Eyewear, Vision Source, VSP Global ZeaVision, A&A Optical, Acuity Pro Software, Advance Optical, Allergan, Art Optical, Bard Optical, ClearVision Optical, Contamac, DAC Vision, Demandforce, Essilor Canada, Europa, Eye Pros, Eye Recommend, Gateway Professional Network, GPLI, Heidelburg Engineering, Hilco, Hi-Tech Products, IBM Global Delivery Systems, Jobson Medical Information, Konan Medical, Kosh Ophthalmics, Match, Menicon, Modern Optical, Modo, Nikon, Oasis Medical, Ocuco, Optos, Optovue, OSI, PFO Global, POG Labs, REM Eyewear, RX Optical, Reptile Sun, Ron’s Optical, Signet Armorlite, Slack Incorporated, SynergEyes, Tech Group, Tura, Vision Ease, Vision One Credit Union, Vmax Vision, Wave Contact Lens System, Westgroupe, Zeiss (USA & Canada) and Zyloware, (Source Vision Monday) Underlined companies are eyewear.
- Please check with your insurance program to confirm qualification for any type of FSA program.
- The information above is gathered through either personal knowledge or website information. I do not know if all claims are legitimate.
- Some of the crowd-funded listing may not be able to deliver to qualify for any FSA program.
- There are many more wholesale companies that have corporate sustainability programs. They are not all listed. Many eyewear brands may have corporate giving programs that are included within a eyewear company marketing program.