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Ninesigma, Essilor to Enter See Change Challenge

Photonics.com
Jul 2016
CLEVELAND, July 13, 2016 — Innovation accelerator Ninesigma Inc. is collaborating with ophthalmic lens developer Essilor International SA for the See Change Challenge, a worldwide initiative that aims to provide better access to vision care for 2.5 billion people.

The challenge aims to uncover low-cost, easy-to-use and scalable solutions that can be used by primary vision care workers in underserved areas to accurately measure eye refractive errors. Successful proposals may include pure software solutions, software solutions based on consumer devices such as smartphones or pure hardware devices.

"Impaired vision is one of the most common disabilities in the world with profound implications for the individual as well as society, especially in emerging regions," said Dr. Andy Zynga, CEO of Ninesigma.


GLOSSARY
ophthalmology
The branch of medicine involved in the study of the anatomy, functions, diseases and treatments of the eye.
lens
A transparent optical component consisting of one or more pieces of optical glass with surfaces so curved (usually spherical) that they serve to converge or diverge the transmitted rays from an object, thus forming a real or virtual image of that object.
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