Approximately 40% of the causes of childhood blindness, including those resulting from craniofacial anomalies, are preventable or treatable.
Loving Eyes Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization committed to preventing vision loss among children by developing technology that provides the eyewear they need to thrive.
For young children, wearing the correct glasses is critically important to ensure healthy lifelong vision. Commercially available glasses work for most children - however, for children with craniofacial malformations, finding glasses that can fit them is often an insurmountable challenge. Conventional spectacle frames simply won’t fit these children with their unique features. To fit these children with glasses requires a novel method to customize each pair of frames to conform to their unique craniofacial anatomy.
Loving Eyes Foundation (LEF) has developed a novel solution to the challenge of fitting spectacles to children with craniofacial abnormalities. Before going through the effort and expense of developing this approach and technology we searched for existing solutions.
We never found a solution that would provide high-quality customized spectacles for our patients that prevent vision loss…SO WE CREATED ONE.
Loving Eyes Foundation developed a novel process that can use old CT and MRI images to reconstruct a 3D model of the child’s head. From there designers can model the perfect pair of glasses for each child by hand.
Using the latest 3D printing technology we produce high quality, customized glasses frames based on these handmade designs – giving each child something they’ve always needed but never had: a great pair of glasses that fit.
We now want to expand our work to all the children that need it by allowing any eye care provider to create a 3D model of a child’s head using only an iPhone and custom software. The software can then propose an ideal design for unique glasses than will then be reviewed and adjusted by an experienced designer at the Loving Eyes Foundation. The same high quality 3D printing techniques will be used to produce beautiful, perfectly fitting glasses.
With your help we can fulfill our goal to provide clear vision to any kid, anywhere.”
We believe no child should lose vision because they don’t have suitable glasses . We are committed to distributing our glasses to children with vision loss due to craniofacial abnormalities free of charge.