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THE IDEA

More than 1.1 billion people need glasses but cannot afford them. The vast majority of these individuals live in low-income countries already facing heavy burdens in the health, academic, and employment sectors. These are the populations that GoodVision serves.

Without glasses, the world is blurred and hard to navigate.  Corrected vision makes a better life possible.  

 
GLASSES MEAN MORE THAN JUST SIGHT.

THE IDEA

More than 1.1 billion people need glasses but cannot afford them. The vast majority of these individuals live in low-income countries already facing heavy burdens in the health, academic, and employment sectors. These are the populations that GoodVision serves.

Without glasses, the world is blurred and hard to navigate.  Corrected vision makes a better life possible. 

GLASSES MEAN MORE THAN JUST SIGHT.

WHY VISION?

For those who cannot see clearly, access to vision correction and eye care provides the ability to learn, work and thriveIn many countries, there is limited access to basic optical care and many people never have a basic eye examination or are able to buy the glasses they need. That is why GoodVision exists. We are working to establish a system that brings clear vision to everyone.

WHY VISION?

For those who cannot see clearly, access to vision correction and eye care provides the ability to learn, work and thriveIn many countries, there is limited access to basic optical care and many people never have a basic eye examination or are able to buy the glasses they need.

That is why GoodVision exists. We are working to establish a system that brings clear vision to everyone.

THE FRAME

GoodVision glasses are made of flexible spring steel wire. It is very light and at the same time extremely robust – making it ideal for the often harsh environmental conditions in emergent nations. This is a significant advantage over ready-made plastic glasses. Materials cost around $1.

FITTING THE GLASSES

GoodVision glasses are adapted on-the-spot to each person’s visual needs. This saves a trip to the eyeglass store, which is often a long and prohibitively expensive journey in developing countries. Our program includes eye camps in remote villages, where our glasses are fitted and dispensed, convenient to people’s homes, workplaces and schools. 

FITTING THE GLASSES

GoodVision glasses are adapted on-the-spot to each person’s visual needs. This saves a trip to the eyeglass store, which is often a long and prohibitively expensive journey in developing countries. Our program includes eye camps in remote villages, where our glasses are fitted and dispensed, convenient to people’s homes, workplaces and schools. 

MANUFACTURING

GoodVision glasses are made on-site by locally trained individuals on a simple yet innovative bending machine. It requires no electrical power, is durable and virtually maintenance-free. This sustainable production is the core concept of GoodVision. 

JOBS

Manufacturing GoodVision frames locally creates jobs where they are needed most. The raw materials cost about $1 and a complete pair of glasses are made within 15-20 minutes. Our producers work in teams and collectively produce several thousand pairs of glasses per month around the world. 

JOBS

Manufacturing OneDollarGlasses frames locally creates jobs where they are needed most. The
raw materials cost about
 $1
and a complete pair of glasses
are made within 15-20 minutes.
Our producers work in teams and
collectively produce several thousand
pairs of glasses per month 
around the world. 

TRAINING CONCEPT

GoodVision has a year-long, specialized training program for optical techniciansBy the end of the first few weeks, trainees have learned to conduct simple vision tests and adjust glasses to an individual’s needs.  

GOODVISION SPECIALISTS

According to a WHO study, there is a worldwide shortage of more than 65,000 ophthalmic professionals. GoodVision International is working to close this gap, creating employment and helping to address the issue of global health disparities. 

GOODVISION SPECIALISTS

According to a WHO study, there is a worldwide shortage of more than 65,000 ophthalmic professionals. GoodVision International is working to close this gap, creating employment and helping to address the issue of global health disparities. 

OPTICAL SHOPS

GoodVision optical shops are placed in cities with dense populations centers and where affordable eyewear is unavailable.  In these shops, free vision testing is available for everyone. The combination of fixed shops in urban environments and eye camps in rural settings provides more people access to crucial optical care. 

ACCESS

With our shops, we establish numerous points of sale for our glasses throughout a country.  They are often the first eyewear store in a city or region and for many people, the only place where they can access affordable glasses. 

ACCESS

With our shops, we establish numerous points of sale for our glasses throughout a country.  They are often the first eyewear store in a city or region and for many people, the only place where they can access affordable glasses. 

EYE CAMPS

Along with our shop network, our eye camps are critical for rural populations. GoodVision Technicians travel to villages and set up eye camps in convenient locations such as community centers, schools or churches. 

AWARENESS

In addition to glasses delivery, an important goal for GoodVision is to provide visual health education.  Eyesight is more vulnerable in populations that work outdoors and are exposed to risks due to lack of protective eyewear and diseases.  Screening for visual problems and education about protecting eye health can go a long way to preserving sight.   

AWARENESS

In addition to glasses delivery an important goal for GoodVision is to provide visual health education.  Eyesight is more vulnerable in populations that work outdoors and are exposed to risks due to lack of protective eyewear and diseases.  Screening for visual problems and education about protecting eye health can go a long way to preserving sight.   

THE INVENTOR AND ORGANIZATION

In 2012, Martin Aufmuth invented the GoodVision glasses in his basement and founded the German non-profit, EinDollarBrille e.V.  Today over 300 people work voluntarily in Germany, Switzerland and the USA for GoodVision.   Donations provide training costs, bending machines and the project setup, with part of the costs offset by selling the glasses.  Development aid as a social business.

Together with the parent organization EinDollarBrille Germany, the individual national organizations work under the common umbrella of “GoodVision”.  Our goal: to establish basic ophthalmic care for people worldwide.

THIS IS HOW MANY PEOPLE SEE
WITHOUT A PAIR OF GLASSES.

 

 

At 6 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

What is it?

 

 

At 5 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Should I Run?

 

At 4 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Friend or Foe?

 

At 3 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Still Fuzzy!

At 2 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Looks Familiar…

At 1 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Better But Not Clear.

At fully corrected eye sight

Oh, It’s My Cow!

THIS IS HOW MANY PEOPLE SEE
WITHOUT A PAIR OF GLASSES. 

At 6 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

What is it?

 

 

At 5 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Should I Run?

 

At 4 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Friend or Foe?

 

At 3 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Still Fuzzy!

At 2 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Looks Familiar…

At 1 diopters of uncorrected myopia (nearsightedness)

Better But Not Clear.

At fully corrected eye sight

Oh, It’s My Cow!