Of the 4.5 billion people who need vision correction, only 1.9 billion actually correct their eyesight. Over 2.5 billion people still live with uncorrected poor vision, and its social and economic consequences. 95% of them live in developing countries where they lack awareness of the impact of poor vision and access to basic vision care.
Essilor’s R&D teams and Base of Pyramid Innovation Lab are appealing to startups, universities, app developers, vision scientists, optometrists, engineers and all individuals and organizations with an interest to bring their multi-disciplinary expertise to develop innovative refraction solutions that can have profound implications for individuals as well as society.
The successful Challenge proposals may include pure software solutions, software solutions based on consumer devices such as smartphones, or pure hardware devices. These low-cost, easy-to-use and scalable solutions would speed up the delivery of vision care in underserved regions by enabling more people to be easily trained to become primary eye care workers.