Targeting global refractive error

The semi-finalists have been announced for the Clearly Vision Prize to tackle uncorrected refractive error worldwide

22 Aug 2016 by Olivia Wannan

Ideas that could make a real dent in the global problem of uncorrected refractive error have been selected in the Clearly Vision Prize initiative.

Five winners will eventually be chosen in the prize, offered by Adlens founder, James Chen, to find better ways to detect eye health needs, train providers, manage the supply chain and work with big patient data.

Out of hundreds of entries, 36 projects have been selected as semi-finalists.

London-based, no-waste spectacles manufacturer Wires is one UK semi-finalist, as is modular eyewear creator Style Eyes, of St Albans.

The US controversial online eye examination provider Opternative is also on the list.

Regarding the semi-finalists, Mr Chen emphasised that: “I have been overwhelmed by the quality and range of ideas submitted, which I believe demonstrate that we truly have the potential to transform access to sight around the world.

“From artificial intelligence, to remote diagnostics, revolutionary eyeglasses and supply chain management tools, the Clearly Vision Prize semi-finalists are harnessing the latest technologies and ideas to help the whole world see,” he highlighted.

The winner will receive a prize of $100,000 and the runner-up $50,000. Third place will see its project offered $25,000, and the fourth- and fifth-placed team will get $10,000 each.

For the full list of the semi-finalists, visit the Clearly Vision Prize website.

Image credit: Clearly Vision Prize


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