New alliances to scale up access to a 700-year-old technology

New alliances to scale up access to a 700-year-old technology

by Catherine Cheney

SAN FRANCISCO — Collins Yeboah Asomani is an optometrist in Ghana, where only 5 percent of people who need eyeglasses actually have them.

Last week, on World Optometry Day, he shared a story about meeting a 55-year-old woman who walked into a vision camp in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region, complaining of consistent eye strain and headaches.

She had presbyopia, or farsightedness, meaning all she needed was reading glasses to see up close, said the optical technical adviser for VisionSpring, a social enterprise that together with its partners distributed close to 20,000 eyeglasses in Ghana in 2018.

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