Local Shop Providing Free Protective, Prescription Eyewear to Frontline Workers

Crete, IL

May 6, 2020
Protective Eyewear, South Suburban Shop, Local Crete, Frontline, Workers, Healthcare


During this coronavirus pandemic, many local businesses have been trying to do anything to help the frontline healthcare workers, from donating hand sanitizer, free meals, and making PPE (personal protective equipment). 

A south suburban eyewear shop decided to start using its resources and create highly specialized, critical equipment for free.

Main Street Optical in Crete, IL was shut down until one of the owner's friends, who is an ICU nurse, asked if the shop could create something that could make it easier for her to wear her glasses and her mask.

The nurse, Amanda Harris, explained that she has to wear her glasses to work, but having the personal protective equipment on as well, was making the glasses dig into her ears and leaving sores. She heard about prescription goggles she could wear that she could just put on and then put her face shield on over, so she reached out to the eyewear shop in Crete.

The owners did not realize the need for such equipment and began creating prescription safety eyewear for frontline healthcare workers. Glasses that would normally cost between $160 and $280 were now free of charge thanks to Main Street Optical.

Once word got out, the orders have been flooding in and the shop has made over 500 personal prescription goggles so far. #GoodVibes

Those interested in a pair can email the prescription to Katey.msoptical@gmail.com

Donation checks can be sent to:
SafetyRX Services, Inc
1322 Benton St.
Crete, IL 60417

Or on Paypal & Zelle at (708) 682-6998