world. The first-prize winner was a
smartphone eye-test app developed
in South Africa called Vula Mobile.
The second-prize [winner] is
perhaps even more astounding;
called a folding phoropter. It consists of two pieces of paper with two
simple lenses, designed so that you
can use it to determine
prescription need. That device can
be produced for less than 25 cents,
and it needs no power. something we think can be of real use in
the developing world.
We also established Clearly
Labs, where we go out and engage
people who are not from the eye
community but who have talent
and creativity in fields like design
and marketing. They are helping us
to see the different pieces we need
to solve this problem. Out of those
meetings, we culled and summarized some of what we think are the
best thinking and ideas.
Clearly grew out of your ongoing work
at Vision for a Nation, which began in
2013 in Rwanda. What did you learn?
The eye position
was that screening and diagnosing vision problems can only be
done by someone who has gone to
university for three or four years.
The solution to that issue in the
developing world is, OK, maybe
we cut that down. In Rwanda, we
developed a training protocol that
trained nurses for three days. They
did a good enough job in being able
to discern and say, you have
this eye problem. You need glasses
and you can buy these for Or
have a serious
refer you to the district hospital for
your vision for the future?
preparing for an event,
Clearly 2035, that will be held in
April near Venice. inviting
20 world-class thinkers and doers
to show them what we understand
about the issue and to help us
determine how we will carry this