June 8 - British technology company, Eyejusters is aiming to bring inexpensive, self-adjustable glasses to the developing world, allowing the visually-challenged to change the strength of their prescription simply by turning a dial on the frames. Elly Park reports.
This Moroccan woman is among an estimated 670 million people in the developing world who live with poor sight. But British technology company Eyejusters, says it has a practical and inexpensive solution that's as simple as turning a dial - glasses that require no prescription. The company was co-founded by Oxdorf University physicist David Crosby. SOUNDBITE: DAVID CROSBY, EYEJUSTERS CO-FOUNDER, SAYING (English): "Whereas with conventional glasses the strength of the lenses is fixed. With our glasses the strength of the lenses can be changed and this really enables a completely new way to bring vision correction to people." The glasses are designed to adjust with nanometre-scale precision. Behind a conventional lens, a second lens is fitted that slides from side to side to change the parameters of the lens to correct vision instantly. Glasses for both far- and nearsightedness are assembled at the factory. Eyejusters co-founder Owen Reading hopes to partner with non-profits to add the glasses to their inventories. SOUNDBITE: OWEN READING, EYEJUSTERS CO-FOUNDER, SAYING (English) : "The training is very easy and the outcome is long-lasting and really important for people both economically and healthwise. And so what we want to do is get aid organizations and if there are aid organizations out there that feel they could add Eyejusters to their services we'd like them to get in touch and we'll be able to get glasses to them." The World Health Organization estimates that poor eyesight costs developing countries up to 400 billion dollars a year. Eyejusters says their self-adjusting glasses are a clear and affordable solution. Elly Park, Reuters.