According to a study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 150 Million people worldwide suffer from defective vision, which could be addressed via a simple visual aid, but cannot afford one, and in most cases do not have access to opticians.
Martin Aufmuth, founder of the organization OneDollarGlasses, has developed a sustainable and innovative solution to this problem: The OneDollarGlasses! They consist of an extremely lightweight, flexible and stable spring-steel wire that can be manufactured on-site on a simple bending machine. The OneDollarGlasses optician has a box with pre-cut lenses in lens powers from -8.0 to +10.0 diopters in steps of 0.5 diopters and ready-made frames, allowing for a quick, individual and cost efficient eye are for the patient, particularly in rural areas. Immedialy after the sight test (which is always free of charge), the patients receive their glasses and do not need to show up a second time for the adaption of the glasses (saving them considerable transportation cost).
The material costs for a pair of glasses are around 1 US Dollar (including wire, lens, shrinkable tubing and beads). The selling price of the glasses is around two to three times typical daily local wages (around 4-7 US Dollar, depending on the country). This ensures that everyone can afford our glasses.
The organization OneDollarGlasses is only represented in developing countries; the OneDollarGlasses are not sold in Germany. This means there is no competitorship with German opticians, many of whom are actively supporting the organization OneDollarGlasses.