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If you have a ‘four eyes is better than two’ approach to, you know, seeing; the Christmas season jut got a lot less blurry. Thanks to Rochester Optical, a lens manufacturer in Rochester, New York, you can now cop prescription lenses for your brand new Spectacles — if you can find them.
Rochester Optical seems a trustworthy source for this type of customization. The company once made waves for being the first to sell prescription lenses for Snap Inc.’s equally ugly — but undoubtedly cool — predecessor: Google Glass.
If you have a pair, Rochester Optical is still offering the custom lenses for Glass, as well as Epson Moverio and Intel Recon Jet wearables. The lenses for each — as well as Spectacles — are custom cut, not a retrofit of your existing lens.
Patrick Ho, CEO of Rochester Optical says:
We’ve been working with heads-up displays for a long time, and Spectacles are just a form of smart glasses without the heads-up-display. We already cut similar notches in lenses for Google Glass to accommodate the HUD, so cutting rounded notches in the lens corners to work around the Spectacle cameras is very similar.
If interested, the lenses start at $99 with the cost rising depending on prescription strength, lens type, and coating. Currently, you can choose from the standard plastic, high-index, polarized prescription sunglasses, or photochromic.
To get yours, you’ll need to fill out an online order form, and ship your Spectacles directly to the store. The turnaround time depends on the complexity of the prescription, according to the press release, but two to three days for the work, and an additional day for shipping should have you covered.
According to Business Insider, you may even be able to get the lenses at your local LensCrafters. In a comment, the company reported retrofitting Spectacles on a “case by case basis.”
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