EEA standard re-use policy: unless otherwise indicated, re-use of content on the EEA website for commercial or non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the source is acknowledged (http://www.eea.europa.eu/legal/copyright). Copyright holder: European Environment Agency (EEA).
EU15: 1989-2005; EFTA: 1989-2004; EU10: 1992-2005; SEE: 1989-1995, and EECCA: 1991-1995. Comparison of figures related to the newer EU Member States (EU10) before and after their EU membership is open to potential errors because of the different reporting mechanisms applied over the two periods. Regarding &#39;power&#39;, there is no EU10 bar as data only exists for two years (2004-2005).
Around 10 million pairs of usable spectacles are discarded each year in Europe and North America. These can be used to help people in the developing world to afford glasses. Most opticians now act as collection points for old glasses, so drop yours off and give them a new lease on life.
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