Rare eye condition inspires Grand Rapids family to create cool glasses for kids

Three-year-old Jonas Harrison from Grand Rapids was born blind, a result of a rare eye condition called Peters anomaly. At birth, his corneas were clouded with no light perception.

After a series of interventions including corneal transplants at the U-M Kellogg Eye Center, Jonas has some vision.

“When doctors (at U-M Kellogg Eye Center) told us he had some potential for sight, I started looking for glasses,” said Jonas’ dad, Ben Harrison.

Realizing the gap in good fashion for kids, they created Jonas Paul Eyewear, a “Buy Sight, Give Sight” eyewear company that helps nonprofits provide eye exams, glasses and blindness-preventing supplements for children across the globe.

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