Recycled Eyeglasses for Ethnic Minorities

Vietnam’s countryside is stunning and life is harsh. Ethnic minorities eke out a living as smallhold farmers, growing rice and corn. Handicrafts sold to tourists bring in important additional income. Sapa, with its terraced fields and colourfully attired Red Dao and Hmong peoples, is a Mecca for tourists. This is where the idea for Vision Vietnam blossomed.

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OneDollarGlasses Helps the Whole World See Affordably

Many people around the world suffer from poor vision. Unaffordable vision tests, glasses and contact lenses often lead to permanent vision damage that could be avoided. High costs for eye care can result in decreased economic opportunity, as uncorrected poor vision limits or eliminates opportunities to attend school or gain employment. Since 2012, the OneDollarGlasses Association, founded by Martin Aufmuth …

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Smartphones Diagnose Eye Conditions Globally at Low-Cost

Over half of the world’s population, around 4 billion people, require eyeglasses. More than half of those people do not have access to eye tests. A program called NetraG aims to link people who need eye care with professionals via smartphone technology, providing a revolution in vision correction. Their solution is affordable and accessible, allowing individuals to test their own eyesight …

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