Did you know?

The human eye

Is composed of over 2 million working parts and is the only part of our body able to function at 100% of its ability at any given time, day or night, without rest.

The World Health Organization

Estimates that over 600 million people in the developing world are vision impaired, most with little or no access to either eye care or eyeglasses.

Impacts of people in developing world countries who cannot see well are enormous

In terms of lost work productivity, job opportunities, quality of life, health, education and personal and public safety.

Estimated global economic cost of lost work productivity due to people with poor vision

As high as 700 billion dollars every year.

Refractive error

Which eyeglasses correct, is the number one cause of vision impairment in the world.

Second greatest cause of preventable blindness in the world

Refractive error.

Unless the problem of uncorrected refractive error in the developing world is addressed 

Healthcare measurements adopted by the World Health Organization indicate that it is set to surpass HIV/AIDS as one of the top ten health issues affecting opportunity and work productivity, by the year 2030.

144 developing countries around the world

Share characteristics of widespread poverty, high rates of population growth, illiteracy, disease, economies that are largely dependent on producing goods for the developed world, and unstable governments.

6 out of 10 people in the developed world

Wear glasses, contact lenses, or have had or will have corrective eye surgery.

6 out of 10 people in the developing world

Are also vision impaired, but have little or no access to eye care or eyeglasses.

Ratio of optometrists to people in North  America

Approximately 1: 6,000.

Ratio of optometrists to people in sub-Saharan Africa

As high as 1: 8,000,000.

Greatest obstacle faced by people in the developing world who suffer from uncorrected refractive error

Severe shortages of eye care professionals.

Second greatest obstacle faced by people in the developing world who suffer from uncorrected refractive error

Cost of purchasing glasses.

Average price North Americans pay for prescription eyeglasses

About $350.00.

Price paid for higher end frames and specialty prescription lenses

$700.00 and more.

Cost of a pair of self adjusting eyeglasses distributed by Global Eyesight Now in the developing world

Less than $20.00.

Conventional eyeglasses

Dispensed by the few optometrists in the developing world are beyond the reach of all but the wealthiest of people, or less than 10% of populations.

ADSPECS self adjustable glasses

Were invented by British physicist Dr. Joshua Silver strictly for use by impoverished people in developing world countries.

Acclaimed as one of the most important inventions in aid of humanitarian causes in the last fifty years

ADSPECS self adjustable glasses.

EYEJUSTERS self adjustable glasses

A next generation model that may be continually adjusted back and forth to compensate for both near and distance vision problems.

Advantages of distributing self adjustable glasses in the developing world

They may be distributed relatively quickly, at low cost, without aid of optometric equipment, by non professionals, while allowing vision impaired people to literally help themselves by participating in a process of correcting their own refractive error.

Key advantage of distributing self adjustable glasses

They may be distributed by any number of non profit, NGO, service and faith based humanitarian aid organizations and individuals already at work in the developing world, in addition to the aid they are already providing.