Joshua Silver, shortlisted for an EU award, hopes to supply children in the developing world with 200 million pairs of self-adjusting glasses.

This article titled “British inventor’s spectacles revolution for Africa” was written by Robin McKie, for The Observer on Saturday 21st May 2011 23.06 UTC

A British atomic physicist is liaising with the World Bank on a revolutionary project to distribute spectacles to 200 million children in developing countries. Users will be able to adjust the glasses to their own personal prescription without help from an optician.

“All users have to do is look at a reading chart and adjust the glasses until they can see letters clearly,” said Professor Joshua Silver, who was last week shortlisted for a 2011 European inventor award at a ceremony in Budapest. “Glasses like these are perfect for use in the third world. We can send them to schools where teachers can direct pupils to set their spectacles to suit each one’s vision. It is as simple as that.”

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