In rural India, Nayantara trains local youths in the basics of eyecare and vision screenings. Using EyeNetra's cloud-based platform and refraction technology, experts supervise these youths to perform vision screenings in their own neighborhoods and towns. At the end of the session, affordable glasses are given to those in need. Those who require advanced services are referred to partner eye care institutions and Ophthalmologists.
More than 65% of India live in rural areas and do not have easy access to healthcare. Many villagers travel long distances and endure hardships to receive basic eye care. Nayantara's self-sustaining model represents a breakthrough in vision care for those areas.
While on-demand services are proliferating, eye exams and eyewear have been stuck inside the storefront model, largely because of the size, heft, and expense of the tools required to test someone’s vision.
Blink works like any other on-demand service: You book the appointment and then a professional meets you at your home or company to deliver the service. If for any reason, the optometrist suspects there’s a more serious health concern, he or she will recommend a local optometrist with whom the client can get a more in-depth eye examination. The on-demand vision testing service is rolled out today to seven regions in New York City: the Upper East Side, East Village, Gramercy, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg.
EyeQue has licensed our first model out of the MIT Media Lab. The device is monocular, takes significantly more time per exam (~30 mins) and the training curve is steep to capture reliable results. However, many users find useful to keep tracking their refraction over time. When used correctly, the patient has the tools to understand his/her own vision limitations and look for the appropriate care when needed.