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Optical Design & Engineering

Better vision for the world, on a budget

New York Times
2 January 2010

Supplying glasses for the world's poor may be one of the most valuable investments around. Hundreds of millions of people -- some put the estimates as high as two billion -- do not have the corrective lenses that would allow them to lead better, more productive lives.

Efforts are under way to find a means of distributing inexpensive glasses on a wide scale. At least three organizations are now offering their own versions of low-cost adjustable spectacles, which let untrained wearers set the right focus themselves in less than a minute, greatly reducing the need for trained optometrists.

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