Research has shown that people who have vision problems have cascading issues that degrade their prospects for a healthy and prosperous life. Everything from literacy and education to job opportunity and social interaction are affected by impaired vision. The World Health Organization research indicates that over 1.3 billion people would see an improvement if they had access to glasses, but currently lack access to them.
The burden and economic loss on the developing countries is estimated at over $202 billion dollars. In the United States, and the advanced economies, glasses are plentiful and inexpensive; but there is 1 Optometrist for every 8,000 people. In Mali there is 1 optometrist for 8 million people, in Sierra Leone it is 1 optometrist for 6 million people and on the continent of Africa there is 1 optometrist for 1 million people. These numbers are similar in most developing countries. Clearly, the developed world model of eye care isn't working in the developing world. So are there any solutions?