A UK company is designing adjustable eyeglasses using DS SolidWorks 3D design software to solve vision problems without the assistance of eye specialists.
Easily correctable vision problems push scores of people from self-sufficiency into poverty every day in developing countries due to lack of access to eye care professionals.
The UK-based Adlens is trying to fill that need with affordable, adjustable eyeglasses that correct 80 percent of the refractive vision errors encountered by people in the developing world.
Using SolidWorks 3D design software, Adlens has created a layered lens that enables wearers to literally dial up custom prescription eyeglasses with no help from an optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Under guidance of a trained person, Adlens’ adaptive eyeglasses adjust with the turn of a knob to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia.
Given the lack of access to eye care professionals in developing countries, Adlens’ adaptive eyeglasses provide a new lease on a productive life to people.
According to Sjoerd Hannema, CEO of Adlens, hundreds of millions of people around the world need only a simple pair of eyeglasses to remain self-sufficient.
Adlens is working through the Vision for a Nation program to raise awareness of the impact impaired vision can have on a person’s education and quality of life.
He adds that the new product is an efficient solution to correct many of these vision problems.
Adlens used SolidWorks to design the four-layer polycarbonate eyeglass lens. Adlens Product Designer Alex Edginton says that creating a mechanism delicate enough for fine adjustments yet durable enough to survive heat, dust and transportation over long distances was challenging.
SolidWorks enabled the Adlens engineering team to experiment with designs that would balance precision and ruggedness.
According to him, the lenses and adjusters mechanisms have been designed and tested to cope with harsh environmental conditions.
He says that SolidWorks design software enabled them to evaluate new designs quickly and easily. Using the 3D data to visualise concepts, create rapid prototypes and produce finished components, they found SolidWorks particularly helpful in understanding the interaction of each component in the product.
DS SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray comments that Adlens has shown how technical innovation can improve living conditions all over the world, and SolidWorks is proud to support their efforts.
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