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Dow Corning and the Centre for Vision in the Developing World launch children’s vision correction initiative
Dow Corning, a global leader in
silicon-based technology, and the Centre for Vision in the Developing World
(CVDW) are jointly announcing a collaboration to create an innovative new way
to help correct the vision of children in the developing world. Dow Corning has
committed US $3 million of funding and materials expertise to the CVDW as part
of this collaboration to launch an initiative called Child ViSion™.
The Child ViSion™ initiative will design, manufacture and distribute a
child-specific version of self-adjustable eyeglasses to children in the
developing world. The aim is to increase the effectiveness of classroom-based
education by improving children’s ability to see the blackboard from which they
are being taught.
“There are 100 million children or more in the developing world who need
glasses to benefit fully from their education in the classroom. This problem
arises principally because there are too few eye care professionals in the
developing world,” said Prof. Josh Silver, Oxford University physicist, founder
and director of the CVDW, and inventor of the world’s first universal
fluid-filled adjustable eyeglasses. “Through this collaboration with
Dow Corning, CVDW can now expand our efforts to provide eyeglasses to the
children who need them for their education.”
The goal of the CVDW, a United Kingdom-based Community Interest Company, is
to improve vision for people in the developing world who lack access to
adequate vision correction.
“This collaboration between Dow Corning and the Centre for Vision in
the Developing World will combine our expertise to help bring improved vision
correction to children in desperate need,” said Stephanie A. Burns, Chairman
and CEO of Dow Corning.
Through Child ViSion™, Dow Corning will work with the CVDW to explore
how self-adjustable eyeglasses can be designed specifically for the needs of
children so that the glasses are able to withstand daily use, are light weight
and look more appealing, which will increase the likelihood that they will be
worn. Another key element of the initiative will be to ensure the design can be
scaled up to mass-production levels, which includes lowering the cost of
“Dow Corning fluids played a critical role in Prof. Silver’s pioneering
self-adjustable glasses, which have already provided vision correction to
approximately 40,000 people in more than 20 countries,” said James Stephenson,
Dow Corning global Healthcare marketing manager and leader of the Child
ViSion™ initiative at Dow Corning. “We are excited to further our
relationship with the CVDW and to see how our silicon-based technologies can
now improve vision correction and the quality of life for children in the
To learn more about Child ViSion™, visit dowcorning.com/childvision.
About Dow Corning
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diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and
innovation, Dow Corning
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products and processes.
Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock
Semiconductor Group (www.hscpoly.com) joint ventures, which
includes Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C.
Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and
other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices
and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began operations in 1961 and
has announced more than $4 billion of investments since 2005.
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