According to the World Health Organisation (2018), it is estimated that globally approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of distance or near vision impairment. Many of these individuals either lack the financial means to buy glasses or simply do not have access to them. Ramifications are children who struggle to learn in school and adults unable to work properly and provide for their families. OneDollarGlasses serves to change this. The solution is to provide lightweight glasses that can be locally manufactured with simple goods. The cost of the material including wire and lenses comes to about 1 US$.
Local benders and opticians create the glasses and prescribe strength to help stimulate the economy and provide work for those who may have never had it before. Currently, OneDollarGlasses is active in eight countries in Africa and South America. Globally, more than 350 individuals are involved in OneDollarGlasses. Till the end of 2017, the organisation had supplied eyeglasses to more than 100.000 people. By creating a locally based solution, One Dollar Glasses creates long term sustainability and the possibility to serve not only present, but also future generations.
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