Adlens Uses DS SolidWorks Software to Sharpen Eyesight In The Developing World

U.K. Company Designs Adjustable Eyeglasses to Solve Vision Problems without the Assistance of eye specialists.

CONCORD, Mass., USA, Dec. 13, 2010 — Easily correctable vision problems push scores of people from self-sufficiency into poverty every day in developing countries that might have only one eye care professional for every million residents. U.K.-based Adlens is trying to fill that need with affordable, adjustable eyeglasses that correct 80 percent of the refractive vision errors encountered by people in the developing world.

Using SolidWorks® software, Adlens created a layered lens that enables wearers to literally dial up custom prescription eyeglasses with no help from an optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist. Under guidance of a trained person (for instance, a community health worker) Adlens’ adaptive eyeglasses adjust with the turn of a knob to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia (loss of focus). For people who won’t encounter an eye care professional in their whole lives, Adlens adaptive eyeglasses are a new lease on a productive life.

“There are hundreds of millions of people around the world who need only a simple pair of eyeglasses to remain self sufficient,” said Sjoerd Hannema CEO of Adlens. “We are working through the Vision for a Nation program to raise awareness of the impact impaired vision can have on a person’s education and quality of life. Our product is a way to correct many of those vision problems with the infrastructure available in the developing world.”

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