To mark the first year of partnership, IFB Solutions and Luxexcel provided 17 local schoolchildren a free pair of eyeglasses. The eyeglasses featured lenses made with IFB’s 3D printer developed by Luxexcel. It is the world’s first commercial 3D printer of ophthalmic lenses.
Prior to receiving their eyeglasses, most of the children were seen at IFB’s optical center to select the frame of their choice. The children received a comprehensive, dilated eye exam, by an on-site Optometrist to determine their prescription and check the health of their developing eyes.
For several of the children, this will be their first pair of eyeglasses and something both IFB and Luxexcel hope will help them in the classroom. According to Prevent Blindness America, one in four school-age children have vision problems that, if left untreated, can affect learning ability and adjustment in school.
“The children will now be able to see what is happening on the board and have greater clarity when they are reading,” said Dan Kelly, Chief Operating Officer for IFB Solutions. “Plus, they will have bragging rights that their lenses were printed with this very cool 3D technology.”
IFB Solutions and Luxexcel have been partners in bringing 3D printing to the optical industry. Luxexcel optimized the 3D printing technology for the ophthalmic market with IFB coming on board in late 2017 to install the first commercial 3D printer in its optical lab. IFB Solutions uses the technology to help service its optical contracts with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. IFB’s optical lab, staffed primarily by individuals who are blind, averages nearly 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses per day with the majority going to military veterans and their families.