India Vision Institute (IVI), an NGO working to provide
access to vision screening to the underprivileged and helping prevent avoidable
blindness across India, today launched a pilot project with DOT Glasses, a
young startup company, to trial innovative, low-end prescription eyeglasses,
which could revolutionise vision care delivery.
“The project has the potential to make a real
difference to delivering vision care, especially to disadvantaged communities
in remote corners of India,” said IVI CEO Vinod Daniel.
reach and experience of work across India since 2012, the project can become a
real and powerful tool – with on-the-spot delivery of eyeglasses - to tackle
“The project can provide a simple solution to
the problem of vision impairment, especially among inaccessible rural
communities, through a technology designed by Mercedes Benz,” Mr Daniel noted.
among the ten most affected countries afflicted with the problem of vision
impairment. Many have unsuccessfully tried to solve or eliminate the problem so
“DOT Glasses offers simple
solutions. It’s a new paradigm in eye care. Our glasses are low-cost and robust
in design, yet fashionable enough to make spectacles wearable,” said
Philip Staehelin, CEO & Founder, DOT Glasses.
The startup aims at
large-scale production of its patented, one-size-fits-all eyeglass frames.
These frames, together with a “transformational lens concept” and proprietary
vision testing tools, can revolutionise access to eye glasses in the remotest
corners of the world, according to Mr Staehelin.
“This technology will be a win-win
for all. With its reach to the far-flung corners and communities of India, IVI
is uniquely placed to help with the trial of the project, which when
commercialised, will attempt to solve the world’s vision problem,” he added.
Glasses vision kit is a patented, snap-together, adjustable frame designed by
MBtech, the result of a collaboration between Mercedez Benz and AKKA
Technologies, and brings a fresh and functional approach to our product,” Mr
About India Vision Institute
India Vision Institute
(IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2012.
It is focused on supporting and promoting eye health awareness, research,
education and technological development in Indian Optometry to advance capacity
in vision correction, and prevention of eye disease and blindness. (www.indiavisioninstitute.org )
About DOT Glasses
DOT Glasses, a young startup
led by CEO and Founder, Philip Staehelin, that has recently launched
large-scale production of its patented, one-size-fits-all eyeglass frames. The
company has developed a transformational lens concept and proprietary vision
testing tools that, in combination with the super low-cost frames, will help
provide access to eyeglasses in remote corners of the world. Its pilot in
Angola in 2018 initially proved that the design and lens concept worked well in
the field, which then led to the
full-scale launch in 2019 (with an initial focus on India). The DOT project was
recognized by the Czech President, and it won a matching funds grant from
CzechAid (its largest grant ever awarded).
For queries, contact
Shekhar Nambiar, 9810154167.