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Eye phone: The doctor using tech to restore the world’s sight

作者:权兢捋    发布时间:2017-11-26 08:00:44    

Joan Bardeletti By Douglas Heaven TAKE a wild guess at how many people in the world are seriously visually impaired or blind. Wrong, higher. A quarter of a billion. And that’s not even the shocking part. More than half could see clearly with a treatment so simple and cheap that in the West we don’t even think about it – glasses. The technical problems of fixing failing vision are largely solved, yet to our collective shame it remains one of the most debilitating health problems in the developing world. But not if Andrew Bastawrous can help it. “If you ask people if they’d rather give up their shoes, their wallet or their glasses, most would give up their shoes or wallet first,” the eye surgeon-turned-CEO tells me. “You lose your vision, you risk your independence and your dignity.” So he is pioneering a radical technological approach to fixing the world’s eyesight. Bastawrous was 12 when he found out he could barely see. He was socially awkward, failing at school and terrible at ball games. “The football used to hit me in the face before I could head it,” he says. As kids do, he assumed it was the same for everyone, and coped. Instead of copying what his teacher was writing on the board, he would look at what the child next to him was writing. He was good at running though. “I used to run in second place behind someone and try to overtake at the very end,” he says. When his mother finally insisted he got his eyes tested,

 

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