February 2018 ttimes web magazine

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They Can See Clearly Now Global Vision 2020 by Michael Valliant

“This is going to change the world.” That’s what Dr. David Friedman said about Global Vision 2020’s “USee” diagnostic tool. That statement carries some weight when you realize that Friedman is the director of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Global Vision 2020 (GV2020) and the USee glasses distribution kits,

the brainchild of Easton’s Kevin White, are a means to help people in developing countries see more clearly. And it’s working. White traveled the world as a United States Marine Corps officer, retiring from active duty in 2009 with the rank of Major. In 2005 and 2006, White’s job was Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Director, focusing on Africa and Eastern Europe, overseeing

Kevin White preparing for vision testing and lens distribution in Malawi. 77

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