There are currently 2.5 billion people worldwide who cannot reach their full potential because they need eyeglasses but don’t have them. Starting in four countries, we will ensure that everyone has access to high-quality, affordable vision care. Our solution is transformative. It is part infrastructure: a vast network of Vision Centers and community health workers, part innovation: the USee™, and part social change: local investment in and demand for eyecare. We will establish self-sufficient Vision Centers in District Hospitals and extend their reach and impact by empowering community health workers to become “Visionpreneurs”. Visionpreneurs will use the USee™ to deliver prescription eyeglasses to the most vulnerable people on-the-spot anywhere after just one day of training. A robust public health campaign will expand knowledge of vision care, build demand for services, and foster public and private investment in the eyecare system. The result: a fully sustainable, locally-owned system for protecting sight.
Johns Hopkins University
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