For someone who has been wearing glasses to help my impaired vision since childhood, I was immediately touched by the DIY spectacle project resulting from a partnership with the Mexican government and Yves Béhar/fuseproject (you may recognize the name fuseproject from such initiatives as the PUMA sustainable packaging, PACT underwear and Jawbone). “See Better to Learn Better” is meant to give children with poor vision, an opportunity to see better, so they can ultimately participate better in school and obtain a better education. The collection of customizable and iconic corrective eyewear is specifically designed for students, ages 6-18 years old in Mexico. Children can choose their preferred colours and styles to create their own unique pair of glasses.
“We wanted to create products that are suited to the children’s specific needs, life and environment. The children receiving these glasses need frames that are durable, ergonomic and have key customization elements like shape and color that make wearing the glasses fun and personal.”
The team behind this project definitely had the children and their families in mind. The glasses are meant to be worn outside of the classroom too. Using advanced Gilamid plastic; which is a hyper-flexible property, the glasses will be practically indestructible, perfect for the active lifestyles that these children currently live. The program also gives free eye exams administered at the schools. The prescription determined and desired frames chosen by the students, are then locally produced by Augen, a Mexican company.
It’s amazing to see that such a simple project can in fact have such a huge impact for these children. Being one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Mexico seems to understand the importance of establishing a strong foundation for the nation’s most significant investment – the children who inevitably will be shaping the country’s future.