ReSpectacle focuses efforts in Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- It's estimated more than 150 million Americans use corrective eyewear. But what if you can't afford glasses?

That's where Re-Spectacle comes into focus.

The national nonprofit travels the country and gives free glasses to those who can't afford them.

Saturday ReSpectacle helped those at the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic.

Here's how it works. Trained professionals give an eye exam and come up with the right prescription. Next, officials pick the closest, most appropriate frame from a huge stock of donated glasses.

"If people miss Saturday," said Aaron Ricca, an ophthalmologist with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, "I mean ideally, if we could do this at least every other month or so, that's kind of the goal."

Officials estimate ReSpectacle has more 17,000 pairs of donated glasses. If you'd like to learn more, or how you can help, check out ReSpectacle's website: http://www.respectacle.org/about