The project in South Africa


Period: Started March 2011, continuously
Village: Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Soweto
Glasses: 400 during field trials,
Partners:   Fred Hollows Foundation SA, University of Johannesburg, University of KZN, Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital Mthatha

Three Field Studies

Focus on Vision South Africa is based in the Eastern Cape (Bizana, St. Patricks Hospital). This province, with almost 7 million people, is one of the poorest provinces of South Africa, for a large part being drawn up out of the old Homelands Transkei and Ciskei. Large areas of the Eastern Cape lack primal eye care and only a very small percentage of the population has access to or the means for optometric care. For example: there are only 9 public optometrists serving these 7 million people. Many times people from rural areas travel a full day to the nearest clinic to have their eyes checked, only to find there are no glasses available. Only in very few occasions there is the possibility for people to order their glasses to be custom made, to come from cities as Durban or Jo-Burg: a very lenghty and costly procedure. 

Together with local academic, governmental, and NGO partners, FoV is working on three field studies in the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Soweto. With these studies we hope to gather more information on how the South African public reacts to the Focusspec, how their situation can benefit from these glasses and how dispensers can benefit from them.

If the results will be satisfactory, we will look for partners that are interested in setting up a distribution network to provide as many people in these regions with affordable glasses.

Our partners:

For more information, please contact:

Gjalt Lindeboom

Market developer, South Africa


M: +27 (0)73 516 8925


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