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AN INNOVATIVE METHOD TO DESIGN 100% PERSONALIZED PROGRESSIVE LENSES

Project description

Taking a closer look at customised eye care

Approximately 45 % of people over age 40 in Europe suffer from presbyopia, an eye condition that decreases eye lens ability to focus on close objects. Progressive lenses are the best solution, offering vision correction at all distances. However, the systems used today to personalise progressive lenses are expensive and based on pupil centring methods, while the section actually responsible for sharp central vision is located inside the eye at the Foveola. EU-funded ERGOFOCUS SYSTEM is the first Foveolar Centering System on the market, enabling 100 % customised progressive lenses, meeting each user's unique personal optical requirements. The project will revolutionise user adoption of progressive lenses by reducing users’ visual disturbances, adaptation times, rejection ratios and improving customer satisfaction.

Objective

Presbyopia is a progressive loss of near vision that occurs in people after the age of 40. Presbyopia is caused by the irreversible, age-dependent weakening of the ciliary muscles that allow us to focus on objects that are close to us or far away. In presbyopia patients the eye lens loses its ability to round up to focus on near objects.
Almost 2 billion people are affected by presbyopia all over the world. In Europe over 209 million people suffer it, 44% of the total population. Unfortunately, this percentage will keep increasing to reach 50% by 2030. From an economic perspective, only in the US the loss of productivity caused by presbyopia in 2011 amounted to $11B.
Progressive lenses are the best solution to correct presbyopia because they provide clear vision at all distances. However, they need to be tailor-made, significantly increasing their price. Moreover, these lenses introduce distortions in the vision and require a long habituation time to be used comfortably. These flaws are intrinsic to the current methods of designing lenses, that do not consider optical and anatomical characteristics of every user; instead they estimate them using standard values.
Lentitech, a start-up company funded in Spain, patented a solution to design 100% personalized progressive lenses. ErgoFocus is composed of a measuring device that takes measurements of the user’s facial and optical parameters, a software that interprets the data and a set of advanced algorithms that design progressive lenses based on these measurements. The Ergofocus design shortens the habituation time and minimize visual aberrations.
Our product has a great opportunity of successful commercialization because the number of users of progressive lenses is increasing exponentially as the global population ages. As a matter of facts, the global eye glasses and contact lenses market, is expected to generate revenue of $72.60B by 2023 and progressive eye glasses capture more than 60% of the total market.

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1

Coordinator

LENTITECH SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Address
CL IBAIBE, 35
48902 BARAKALDO (BIZKAIA)
Spain

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 71 429,00