Dow Corning Helps Develop Fluid-Filled Glasses 3-16-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Dow Corning Helps Develop Fluid-Filled Glasses 3-16-2011

Dow Corning and the Centre for Vision in the Developing world are announcing a collaboration to create a new way to help correct the vision of children in the developing world.
The Midland-based silicone company has committed US $3 million of funding and materials expertise to the CVDW as part of this collaboration to launch an initiative, called Child ViSion™.
The Child ViSion™ proposal will design, manufacture and distribute a child-specific version of self-adjustable eyeglasses to children in the developing world. Dow Corning said the aim is to increase the effectiveness of classroom-based education by improving children’s ability to see the blackboard from which they are being taught.
“There are 100 million children or more in the developing world who need glasses to benefit fully from their education in the classroom. This problem arises principally because there are too few eye care professionals in the developing world,” said Prof. Josh Silver, Oxford University physicist, founder and director of the CVDW, and inventor of the world’s first universal fluid-filled adjustable eyeglasses. “Through this collaboration with Dow Corning, CVDW can now expand our efforts to provide eyeglasses to the children who need them for their education.”
Silver’s original self-adjustable glasses contain special lenses composed of clear membranes that are filled with Dow Corning silicone fluid. By adding or removing fluid via a removable syringe and dial attached to the glasses' frame, wearers can modify the curvature of the lenses and therefore the strength of their glasses. The glasses are designed to provide vision correction for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness)and presbyopia (inability to focus on near objects).
The goal of the CVDW, a United Kingdom-based Community Interest Company, is to improve vision for people in the developing world who lack access to adequate vision correction.
Through Child ViSion™, Dow Corning said it will work with the CVDW to explore how self-adjustable eyeglasses can be designed specifically for the needs of children so that the glasses are able to withstand daily use, are light weight and look more appealing, which will increase the likelihood that they will be worn.
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