Little girl with OneDollarGlasses, Malawi | © Evelyn Van Kempen

More than 950 million people need glasses but cannot afford them.
The resulting loss of income is over $269 billion per year.

That’s almost 3 times the population of the United States. For many of these people, the lack of a pair of glasses
can limit their productivity, opportunities and participation in social life situations.

Glasses mean much more than sight.

More than 950 million people
need glasses but can’t afford them.

The resulting loss of income is
over $269 billion per year.

That’s almost 3 times the population of
the United States. For many of these
people, the lack of a pair of glasses can
limit their productivity, opportunities and
participation in social life situations.

Glasses mean much more than sight.

Why Vision

Access to vision care provides the ability to learn, work and thrive for those who cannot see clearly. In many countries, people lack exactly that. There is often just a limited availability for people to get basic optical treatments and these are expensive. Therefore, many people never got a basic eye examination or could buy the glasses they needed. That is why we are here. We want to establish a system that reaches the people who never got reached before

WHY VISION?

Access to vision care provides the ability to learn, work and thrive for those who cannot see clearly. In many countries, people lack exactly that. There is often just a limited availability for people to get basic optical treatments and these are expensive. Therefore, many people never got a basic eye examination or could buy the glasses they needed. That is why we are here. We want to establish a system that reaches the people who never got reached before

THE FRAME

OneDollarGlasses are made of flexible spring steel wire. It is very light and at the same time extremely robust – making it ideal for the often harsh environmental conditions in developing countries.
Material cost: around $1.

THE FRAME

Due to their nature, the glasses can be adapted directly to the person. This saves many people an additional trip, as the test and the fitting of the glasses are often separated. Especially in rural areas, every journey is a high expenditure of time and money for the people.

MANUFACTURING

The OneDollarGlasses are made on a simple bending machine by locally trained people on site. Electric power is not necessary or any other kind of energy source.

MANUFACTURING

By manufacturing eyeglasses locally, we can create jobs and thus opportunities for many people. The eyewear is manufactured exclusively locally and the materials worth just about one dollar are imported. Due to pre-milled lenses, the complete production of the glasses can be done within about 15 minutes. Our producers work in larger teams and thus produce several thousand pairs of glasses per month.

TRAINING CONCEPT

OneDollarglasses has developed its own training concept for optical specialists. The training to become a “Good Vision Technician” takes one year in total. After only a few weeks, the trainees are able to perform a simple vision test and adjust the glasses safely.

TRAINING

According to a WHO study, there is a worldwide shortage of more than 65,000 ophthalmic opticians. EinDollarBrille e.V. trains people locally in the manufacturing of glasses and as GoodVision Opticians.

SHOPS

People should have not only access to glasses once. Therefore, we build shops in our project countries to give people a constant and reliable way to provide them with glasses for the long-term.

SHOPS

With our shops, we are establishing numerous points of sale for our glasses throughout the country. Here, vision tests are carried out and people can buy their glasses on the spot. Everything takes place in one location. Our shops are often the first eyewear store in the city/region and for many people definitely the only place where they can afford the glasses.

OUTREACHES

People living rurally in our project countries lack the resources to travel to the city for glasses. That’s why OneDollarGlasses teams travel to villages. People are tested on-site and receive glasses as needed.

OUTREACHES

Through an outreach network we can reach considerably more people in the countries. Since people who do not live in the centres of the big cities are already cut off from a supply, we have established a second channel with our outreaches to provide the people. Furthermore, we have another possibility to sensitize people about their eyes and the health around them.

EYE TEST

6 DIOPTERS

What is it?

 

 

5 DIOPTERS

Should I Run?

 

4 DIOPTERS

Friend or Foe?

 

3 DIOPTERS

Still Fuzzy!

2 DIOPTERS

Looks Familiar…

1 DIOPTER

Better But Not Clear.

FULL EYESIGHT

Oh, It’s My Cow!