Three weeks until D Day...
06 May 2018 | Eyeglass Assist Central - Brisbane Qld
What's happening in the photo is our calibration of a pair of spectacles which are equipped with adjustable strength lenses (in this case negative lenses). They were designed originally as easy-to-fit vision correction spectacles for people in developing countries. However, they are a) expensive and b) not particularly stylish. So we've taken a pair of these and, using the lensometer at Lions R4S headquarters in Brisbane, we've calibrated them. What this means is that when we assess someone as being myopic, we'll have them wear them as they would normal glasses, then they will rotate the adjustable knob (one for each eye) until they assess that their vision is clear. We should then be able to read from the dial the strength required and provide them with a more cost effective and stylish option. Assessment of distant vision issues is often a time consuming part of our work so this idea has potential to save significant time = more people we can help.
And also - after many, many hours of work, Frances has finally finished counting and sorting the glasses today and we now have a final, grand total of 16,002 - this being comprised of 10,777 pairs spectacles and 5,225 pairs of sunglasses. Sorting the glasses is critical in allowing us to access what we need, when we need them. Having so many glasses on board would be pointless if we could not easily replenish our daily requirements. Hats off to Frances.
The next challenge is fitting them on board. ... mathematics say... ummm... probably. But of course it's not's that simple, so stay tuned!