It's always handy having a spare pair of glasses on hand, but paying for
a second set of prescription specs is something that most of us would
prefer not to do. Well, that's where Adlens Adjustables come in. They're
inexpensive glasses that can be focused by the user to (more or
less) match their prescription. We recently gave them a try, and can
tell you that they work ... but you probably won't want to use them as
your primary glasses.
Taking time out of your day to make an appointment and see an optometrist isn't always that agreeable, and that's before they blow those little puffs of air onto your eyeballs. But one Chicago-based startup has visions of making eye examinations a lot more accessible. Since 2012, Opternative has been developing an online eye tester that lets users obtain prescriptions for glasses and contacts from the comfort of the home or office. And now with clinical trial success under its belt, it's rolling the service out to the public.
For people who suffer from being "locked in" with Lou Gehrig's Disease, or ALS, there aren't many reasonably-priced options that enable communication with the people around them. EyeControl is trying to change that by creating portable glasses that allow ALS sufferers to communicate using their eyes.
A few years ago, UK-based Adlens developed self-adjustable glasses designed to let those in the developing world dial in their ideal magnification level – no optometrist required. Now the company is bringing the technology to the developed world as an alternative to bifocals. Instead of looking through a different area of the lenses (and tilting your head forward and back) to switch from near to far objects, the magnification of the AdlensFocuss glasses is adjusted by a small dial on the arm.
I wouldn't normally pay too much attention to such a seemingly minor thing as eyeglass hinges, but Spine Optic's extraordinary 3D video animation caught my imagination. The company's range of frames feature a nifty self-closing hinge inspired by the human backbone that holds the glasses firmly in place on your face and offers extra flexibility to fit different sized heads.