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Improving vision and quality of life for Children with Down syndrome

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What problem does your idea solve?

Efforts in eyeglasses had been made throughout the years providing flexibility and durability. However, there is a lack of emphasis in the physical characteristics (head & face) of the user. Eyeglasses’ designers and manufacturers have created a stereotype that every member in society shared the same physical characteristics; therefore, every pair of glasses should fit any user.

Explain your idea

EyeLand is the outcome of careful observation of children's needs, meeting their requirements with innovative solutions that are designed specifically for them. The design focused on eyeglasses that adhered shaping to the skin of the user at key points (nose bridge and temple) to stress stability of the eyeglasses.Overall, the design solution satisfies a variety of needs, which not only improves children's vision, but also enhance their learning abilities by enabling them to see better in a comfortable and more appealing manner.

Who benefits?

This product is focused on children with Down syndrome who have visual impairments and required to wear eyeglasses. EyeLand facilitates vision to other children who might have a hard time fitting eyeglasses such as children with other disabilities (ex. children who wear a hearing aid) and children who are born with malformations in their face (ex. children who are born without nose or ears.) Also, parents, & caregivers benefit from children being able to see & learn effectively.

How is your idea unique?

EyeLand strategy is to ensure the design of the eyeglasses is design towards children appeals but also providing the right fit. EyeLand provides a fun approach to eyewear, where children can improve their vision using a “fun mask.” EyeLand provides a clip-on mask that clip on the eyeglasses, creating a dynamic approach towards wearing eyeglasses.

Tell us more about you

I recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Industrial Design with an emphasis in Product Design and Development. This project was developed during my senior year, conducting all phases of development from problem identification, initial research, and conceptualization leading to prototype development and evaluation. I had a lot of support from parents, mentor/professor, Blind Babies Foundation Program Director and UCSF Pediatric Optometrist.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Improving the transition between eyeglasses frame and the silicone adhesive nose bridge

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for less than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are not registered but plan to in the future.

Idea Maturity

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

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