The World Health Organization estimates that 670 million people1 are currently living without glasses that they need. Their poor vision is costing the economy of the developing world up to $400bn per year2.
In the UK there is an optometrist to serve every 8,400 people, but in parts of sub-Saharan Africa this ratio can be as poor as one optometrist for every 1,000,000 people3.
Optometrists tend to be concentrated in large cities in the developing world, usually serving a private market, leaving rural areas and the urban poor completely unserved. Training of optometrists is often a slow and expensive process, with economic circumstances and the cost of their training often preventing them from helping those most in need at the end of their training period.
Scaling a ‘developed world model’ of vision correction to such challenging situations is extraordinarily difficult and slow, and will take at least another generation, potentially depriving millions of people of glasses that they need.
A new way of providing accessible, sustainable and simple vision correction services to the hundreds of millions of people who need glasses but cannot get them is sorely needed. Eyejusters are designed to help - self-adjustable glasses vastly lower the barrier to providing clear vision for hundreds of millions of people.
Eyejusters lower the total cost of providing vision correction services, helping organisations concentrate on providing more complex eyecare services.