We want to make sure that everyone can get a pair of glasses when they need them, no matter who they are or where they live.

Unlocking human potential

Being able to see clearly would transform billions of lives. And a world where everyone has access to a pair of glasses would be fairer and more prosperous for all of us.

Clear vision is the golden thread that will help reduce poverty and deliver quality education, decent work and gender equality. The benefits would be felt around the world, but the greatest impact would be in developing countries, which account for 90% of the people living without access to vision correction.

Our roots

Clearly was founded in 2016 by James Chen. He has been gripped by the issue of poor vision for the last 12 years, leading and funding projects to drive new progress on an age old problem.

James is the co-founder of Adlens, which is revolutionising lens technology with adjustable focus eyewear. He also set up the charity Vision for a Nation in 2011 with the aim of providing nationwide access to eye care and affordable glasses in Rwanda, a country with a population of 12 million. A stunning success, eye care services are now available to all, and more than 2 million people have received vision screenings.

Clearly was launched as a global campaign to enable access to glasses for everyone in the world. James has made it his personal mission that if a human is to set foot on Mars in the years ahead, everyone should be able to see it happen.

Making it happen

In some ways, fixing the vision problem is simple. We just need to make sure that everyone, no matter where they are in the world, can get a sight test and an affordable pair of glasses.

To do this, we think there are 4 main challenges that the world needs to overcome. We call them the 4 Ds: diagnosis, distribution, dollars and demand.

In James Chen’s book – Clearly: How a 700 Year Old Invention Can Change the World Forever – he explains these barriers and shares his ideas for how we can start to tackle them.

The book reveals the personal stories of people whose lives have been transformed by vision correction, and James delivers a passionate call to governments and international institutions to take immediate action.