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Eyejusters – next generation self adjusting glasses are making a big difference!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

These amazing glasses in many ways represent an improvement over Adspecs self adjusting glasses.  Not only are they are smaller, lighter weight, and less expensive ($15 compared to $19 per pair), they may be adjusted on a continual basis, which, among other benefits, means they can be shared.  No less important, many wearers find them more fashionable or cosmetically appealing.  And they come in different colours!

 Incorporating a precision sliding lens technology, the refractive power of two plastic lenses making up each eye piece may be changed simply by turning a dial, allowing wearers to compensate for both near sightedness or far sightedness.  They may even be worn as reading glasses.

 Like Adspecs, their key advantage is that they may be distributed by any number of non professionals (volunteers, non profit, NGO staff) with a minimum of training, and do not require specialized equipment to dispense.  They may also be distributed by any number of aid organizations already at work in the field, in addition to the services they are already providing.  This is a big plus because wherever people and organizations are at work in the developing world, whether in relation to healthcare, education, hunger or water delivery, there will always be people who, for lack of a simple pair of eyeglasses, are vision impaired.  To see how they work, visit www.eyejusters.com/lens

More to come.  Stay tuned…

 

 

 

 

Are specialized equipment and personnel needed to distribute corrective eyewear in the developing world?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Many volunteer teams distributing corrective eyewear in the developing world use specialized equipment, to assess refractive error, and include eye care professionals, such as optometrists and ophthalmologists, who are trained to detect adverse conditions and diseases of the eye which eyeglasses cannot correct.

While ideal perhaps, this approach also brings limitations.  Specialized optometric equipment is expensive and hard to come by, and eye care professionals volunteering their time in the developing world, often in intervals of a couple of weeks, are relatively few compared to the vast numbers of vision impaired people who need help.

Distributing Self adjusting glasses effectively eliminates these problems:  One, they do not require specialized equipment to dispense and, two, they may be distributed by non professionals with a minimum of training.  Additionally, they may be adjusted to meet exact vision requirements in each eye (unlike, for example, recycled and ready-made glasses), and may be distributed by any number of aid organizations and groups already at work in the developing world, in addition to the services they are already providing.  Another plus is that these glasses cost less than $20 a pair.

Those receiving training to dispense self adjustable glasses also receive training about detecting eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.  While this information is by no means exhaustive and is not medically orientated, it nonetheless helps to identify vision impaired people who would not benefit from wearing glasses and who require higher levels of medical eye care.

For more information about technological advances aiding the cause vision impaired people in the developing world, visit In the news.

More to come.  Stay tuned…

 

We’re up and running! Finally…

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Have to say I’ve wondered more than a few times if his day would actually come – and it has!  18 months later!  Yes, eighteen months later – an unbelievable amount of time to jump through a seeming endless array of bureaucratic hoops, but there you go.  Global Eyesight Now is (now) a fully realized, federally incorporated entity, complete with a board of directors, registered charity number and, just recently, a completed website.

I want to acknowledge that I had a lot of help along the way launching this organization, from my wife Irene, our talented board of directors, Borden Ladner Gervais, who stepped up to the plate big time with a generous offer of support to work pro bono ushering GEN through myriad complicated legal processes, and last but not least Brendan Rose, of Blue Curtain, who did some wonderful work completing the website.

Next up?  Fundraising.  So far GEN has been involved in vision correction outreaches in both Malawi, Africa and Indonesia, where a total of 75 healthcare workers received training to assess eyesight deficiencies and dispense corrective eyewear, and hundreds of impoverished vision impaired people were given eyeglasses.  This year we have outreaches planned for South Africa and Central America, all dependent on funding of course.  For now our focus will be the corporate sector, in particular resource companies who work in the developing world.

More to come.  Stay tuned…