The USee is a diagnostic tool that enables anyone, anywhere, to deliver eyeglasses to everyone, everywhere. The patient simply dials the lens bars to find their best visual acuity. Each setting correspondes to an individual lens that is then snapped into a selection of frames. The kit is simple enough to learn in a matter of minutes, and comes in a complete kit that has everything a distributor needs to deliver high quality, acurate, and stylish eyeglasses. It's as simple as Dial-Snap-Wear.
The USee has successfully completed clinical trials at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
It has been used in a successful "proof-of-concept" delivery to 135 students in a High School in Maputo, Mozambique.
How does your innovation work?
The USee replicates the patient experience with the fluid-filled self-refraction devices. These fluid-filled eyeglasses have been extensively trialed both in the clinic and in the field to enable the patients to find their own prescriptive power needs to correct their vision. The USee copies this technique, but with a solid lens bar that allows the patient to move the bar up and down, while limiting the patients viewing aperture to a single (nominally) power. The patient naturally moves the lens until their best visual acuity (BVA) is attained (these claims have been tested and confirmed at the Wilmer Eye Institute). Once BVA is confirmed with a visual acuity test, a pair of snap-together eyeglasses are made, the patient is re-tested, and provided with a pair of stylish eyeglasses.
What Evidence do you have that your Innovation works?
We have completed both a clinical trial at the Wilmer Eye Institute and ohns Hopkins University Hospital, and a proof-of-concept distribution at a High School in Mozambique were two teachers were trained, then screend and dispensed over 135 pairs of eyeglasses to students.
The New England College of Optometry has just started a child vision study to determine how young the USee device can be effectively used. This test will build onthe work already completed by The Wilmer Eye Institute, and will allow distribution efforts to enter Primary Schools in Mozambique upon it's completion.
What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?
A major benefit of the USee kit's is the completeness of the system in a simple kit form. This kit can be configured in various sizes to meet various needs (100, 200, 500, etc..). It is easily transportable in a backpack, and can be deployed in various ways.
We are currently working on distributions in High Schools where teachers are provided the skills necessary to diagnose, refract, and distribute eyeglasses to their students and fellow teachers.
These techniques can be easily utilized by any network to achieve the same goals - Community Health Care Workers, Driver’s License Testers, Social Entrepreneurs, etc..
Once we get to mass produce the USee devices (all other components are readily available) we can provide kits to any of the above networks, or new ones as they develop, at extremely low cost (less than $5 per patient), to solve refractive error in their communities.
The primary step we need to accomplish is to get the USee to mass production through injection molding.
We are currently working with the Mozambique Ministry of Education to implement a large-scale distribution of eyeglasses in High Schools. This program would provide sufficient data to prove the concept of teacher distribution, provide valuable feedback on process improvements, and lay the ground work for future distribution efforts for other networks globally.
We currently seek funds to achieve both of these steps.