More than half the people in the developed world use some kind of vision correction. Glasses. Contacts. Surgery.
We can see. We can be productive. We enjoy life.
Generally, glasses aren’t particularly expensive–unless you go for something really special. But, just to get a clearer view of the world isn’t prohibitively expensive.
In the developing world, the problem isn’t so much the glasses–although the cost is great. It’s also a startling lack of optometrists (sometimes one for well over a million people) who can figure out what correction you need to even order the glasses.
Josh Silver, saw this problem and postulated that glasses people could adjust for themselves would eliminate the need for a medical professional and bring glasses to millions that would previous just had to live with bad vision.
Here’s Josh Silver’s talk on the idea. He’s created a foundation called Centre for Vision in the Developing World to help make his vision of bringing clearer visions to one billion people happen.
It’s a great example of an elegant solution to a problem. Many would think the solution would be more optometrists, cheaper glasses or some other more straightforward, resource-driven solution.
Instead, Silver found a new way to deliver what people really needed, clear vision, in a way that they can do for themselves.