Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about First Sight:
Overcoming Barriers to Vision Correction
First Sight is a revolutionary solution aimed at addressing the global vision crisis by overcoming barriers identified by the World Health Organization (WHO). It provides a simple, mobile, and effective process to screen and fit prescription eyeglasses in just 10 minutes, making clear vision accessible to anyone, regardless of their location or access to professionals.
First Sight stands out for its simplicity, affordability, and accessibility. Our innovative sliding lens technology allows for accurate diagnosis and correction without the need for expensive equipment or highly trained professionals. Click here.
First Sight addresses all the barriers identified by WHO, including accurate testing, lack of electricity, mobility, insufficient training, cost-effectiveness, and suitability for children. It offers an innovative approach that minimizes these barriers and empowers non-professionals to provide eyeglasses to those in need. Click here.
First sight eyeglasses use a simple sliding lens technology that enables nonprofessionals to accurately diagnose and correct refresh refractive errors. The FirstSightKit® comes with various strength of lenses and are adjustable ensuring a precise fit for each individual’s needs. Please also visit our section for instructions. First Sight’s process involves a Three-Step procedure, provided in the FirstSightKit®. Non-professionals can use this kit to screen and fit prescription eyeglasses, including stylish frames, screening materials, and lenses for nearsightedness and farsightedness. The process takes only 10 minutes and doesn’t require the use of electricity or authorized healthcare personnel. Click here
Yes, the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology validated First Sight’s technique as 100% accurate when compared to high-tech methods. Clinical trials have proven its effectiveness in providing accurate prescription eyeglasses. Click here
The First Sight system can be operated by anyone, anywhere, without the need for professionals. It empowers non-professionals, including individuals in impoverished regions, to provide clear vision to both children and adults.
Please note that in the United States, an authorized healthcare personnel are required to screen the eyes. Once this screening process is completed by an authorized healthcare personnel and the recipient’s prescription is ready, any lay person can put together First Sight eyeglasses with the prescription lenses identified by an authorized healthcare professional and the recipient can get eyeglasses on the spot
First Sight’s innovative eyewear system is available for as low as US$5.95. This cost-effective approach makes it accessible to a wide range of communities and individuals in need
Yes, our eyeglasses are designed to be durable and long lasting. We understand that in the regions we serve, the glasses need to withstand different environmental and physical conditions. The frames are even re-cyclable.
You can join the global vision revolution by partnering with First Sight. By collaborating with NGOs, clinics, schools, and faith-based organizations, you can help deliver eyeglasses to those who need them the most. Your involvement will contribute to enhancing education, economic conditions, and overall quality of life. Click here
Tens of thousands of First Sight eyeglasses have been distributed in 29 countries through partnerships with leading organizations. Field tests in Haiti have empowered untrained staff to provide clear vision to participants. By collaborating with First Sight, you contribute to changing lives and ensuring affordable, accessible vision care for all. Click here.
First Sight’s technique has been clinically validated by the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology and the Creighton Medical Center. Their trials have shown that First Sight’s process is as accurate as high-tech methods for determining eyeglass prescriptions. Click here
Yes, First Sight’s solution is designed to overcome the lack of electricity. It can be operated without the need for power sources, making it suitable for remote or rural areas.
The FirstSightKit® contains all the necessary components and tools for the eyeglass screening and fitting process. This includes visual screening materials, lenses for nearsightedness and farsightedness, and fashionable frames. Click here
Absolutely, First Sight’s solution is suitable for children as well as adults. The process includes lenses for different types of refractive errors, ensuring that both children and adults can receive the correct eyeglass prescriptions.
You can acquire the FirstSightKit® by partnering with First Sight. They collaborate with various organizations and groups to deliver the kits where they are needed most. Or just purchase a FirstSightKit® for your own distribution. Click here.
Hosting a First Sight event is easy and rewarding. Contact us through our website, e-mail or mobile/WhatsApp. We will guide you through the process, providing you with the necessary tools and resources to organize a successful event
One of the unique features of the First Sight’s process is its innovation to be simple and user-friendly. It requires, maybe, 10-15 minutes basic coaching. This makes First Sight suitable for non-professionals to operate quickly and effectively
By providing clear vision, First Sight enhances educational opportunities and employment prospects for individuals who previously struggled due to uncorrected refractive errors. Improved vision leads to increased productivity and economic prosperity
Yes, individuals can contribute to First Sight’s mission by supporting their initiatives, spreading awareness, and making donations. Contact us for more information on how you can participate as an individual. Click here
Yes, successful field tests have been conducted in Haiti, where untrained staff were empowered to provide clear vision to participants. Additionally, partnerships with leading organizations have led to positive impacts in 29 countries by distributing hundreds of thousands of First Sight eyeglasses. Click here
If you represent an organization or NGO, you can contact First Sight through the provided channels to explore collaboration opportunities. Wey work with various NGOs, healthcare and educational institutions, faith-based organizations and individuals, to deliver eyeglasses where they are most needed. Click here
You can stay updated by following First Sight’s official communication channels, such as their website, social media profiles, and newsletters. This way, you can be informed about their ongoing efforts and the impact they are making. Click here
First Sight’s solution is designed to work without the need for electricity. The process is mobile and doesn’t rely on power sources, making it ideal for remote areas where electricity might be scarce
The prescription eyeglasses provided by First Sight have been clinically validated by the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology as 100% accurate when compared to high-tech methods. Click here
Absolutely. First Sight’s solution is suitable for children as well. The process includes frames and lenses for various vision issues, making it possible to provide suitable eyeglasses to children in need of vision correction
First Sight primarily focuses on providing prescription eyeglasses through its innovative process. However, by offering clear vision, the organization indirectly contributes to improving education and economic conditions for individuals.
Organizations and individuals can partner with First Sight by collaborating with NGOs, clinics, schools, and faith-based organizations. By bringing the First Sight solution to communities in need, partners can directly contribute to improving lives through clear vision. Click here
First Sight’s impact is already visible in 29 countries through partnerships with leading organizations. Its field tests have demonstrated success in regions like Haiti, where untrained staff were empowered to provide clear vision to participants. Click here.
Clear vision plays a crucial role in education and economic growth. By providing affordable and accessible vision correction, First Sight enhances individuals’ educational opportunities and employment prospects, leading to improved economic conditions.
Yes, the eyeglasses provided by First Sight are customizable to individual prescriptions. The solution includes lenses for nearsightedness and farsightedness, ensuring that each pair is tailored to the user’s specific vision needs
The study, conducted by the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE), highlights the drawbacks of donating recycled eyeglasses to developing countries. It emphasizes the benefits of providing funding for eye examinations and new glasses instead. This method is currently used by many philanthropic organizations, including Vision Care and the Lions Club.
Ineffectiveness of Recycled Glasses: The study found that only 7% of the 275 recycled glasses tested were suitable for use. This low proportion of usable glasses undermines the effectiveness of using recycled glasses as a solution for correcting refractive errors in developing countries.
High Delivery Cost: The process of sorting, cleaning, and delivering recycled glasses contributes to a high societal cost, estimated at $20.49 per pair. (This cost is close to four times the expense of supplying customized prescription eyeglasses by First Sight).
Variability of Lenses: Recycled glasses often have lenses with varying degrees of optical power, making them unsuitable for addressing the specific prescription needs of individuals with vision impairment. This variability hinders the effectiveness of recycled glasses as a corrective measure.
Limited Suitability: Recycled glasses may not suit many individuals affected by common forms of vision impairment. This further diminishes their utility as a solution for addressing vision problems.
Feel-Good Attractiveness: While people may feel good about donating their old glasses, the study suggests that this approach does not provide a cost-saving solution or effectively address the needs of those with vision impairments.
Advocacy for Eye Examinations and New Glasses: The study advocates for investing in eye examinations and providing new pairs of customized eyeglasses as a more efficient and impactful solution. It emphasizes that a $10 investment in eye examinations and new glasses is a more effective way to help those in need.
Resource Considerations: The study emphasizes the importance of carefully assessing the costs and benefits of any public health intervention. Even though some argue about the cost of disposing of used materials, the low usability rate of recycled glasses does not significantly reduce the resources required for appropriate disposal.
Long-Term Replacement: Even usable recycled glasses are likely to require earlier replacement, adding to the ongoing cost and logistical challenges associated with using recycled glasses.
Dr Wilson of ICEE said a preferable method is to provide an eye exam and use ready-made or, even better, inexpensive custom-made glasses. “The peak international body in blindness prevention efforts, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), recommends that groups involved in eye care should not accept donations of recycled glasses nor use them in their programmes,” he said.
“If people would like to contribute to the global effort, I would urge them to support organisations that are involved in the Vision 2020 initiative of the World Health Organization that are working to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision impairment worldwide.” The paper ‘Real Cost of Recycled Spectacles’ appeared in the March 2012 edition of Optometry and Vision Science. The article underscores that while the intention behind donating recycled glasses is positive, this approach is not a cost-effective or efficient way to address refractive errors and vision impairment in developing countries. Instead, the study suggests that investing in eye examinations and providing new glasses is a more impactful strategy to help those in need and build capacity in these communities.
Our First Sight process overcomes all the impediments of donated eyeglasses. Our process is low-tech, simple, totally mobile, and needs no electricity, making it possible for anyone to screen and fit a pair of first sight eyeglasses on children and adults. Our sustainable and cost-effective prescription eye care system empowers non-professionals to diagnose and treat refractive errors in any venue in just 10 minutes. Aligned with WHO’s concerns, our method effectively addresses the key challenges of global vision care.
First Sight is a sustainable and cost-effective prescription eye care system that empowers non-professionals to diagnose and treat refractive errors in any venue even without electricity in just 10 minutes. Aligned with WHO’s concerns, our method of effectively addressing the key challenges of global vision care. Click here.
Customized First Sight Eyeglasses are an effective and more viable solution to the donated eyeglasses, and it costs $5.95, as opposed to the cost highlighted above of $20.49. In addition, First Sight eyeglasses are customized exactly to the recipient’s needs and are less likely to cause headaches, blurry vision in one eye and other such impediments that may be a result of ill-fitting donated eyeglasses.
Individuals can contribute by spreading awareness about First Sight’s mission, sharing their story with friends and family, and considering making a donation to support the organization’s efforts in providing clear vision to those in need. Click here.
First Sight’s long-term vision is to create a global impact by ensuring affordable and accessible vision care for all. By expanding its partnerships and reach, the organization aims to empower countless individuals with the gift of clear vision, thereby transforming lives on a large scale.