Google puts prescription lenses in Glass' frame

Summary:Google has delivered the most requested feature for Glass with the addition of prescription lens support for its networked frames.

Google's new Curve frame for Google Glass. Image: Google

Google is now offering prescription lenses as an option for Google Glass buyers, and has also introduced several new titanium frames and sunglasses for its networked eyewear.

Prescription lenses for Glass will be available with the newly-introduced titanium frames, Google announced on Monday. The lenses will cost an additional $225 on top of the $1,500 price of the standard Glass headset, according to ZDNet's sister site, CNET.

The prescription option was launched on Monday alongside four new titanium frames, which are available in styles called Split, Thin, Curve, and Bold.

Last year, Google was tipped to be working with hipster eyewear maker Warby Parker on new Glass frames, but has opted to design the new titanium frames in-house. There's also two new tinted shades — Classic and Edge — available for $150.  

Glass support for prescription lenses was one of the most requested additions for the internet-connected headset.

"If we had a nickel for every time someone has asked about prescription lenses for Glass… well, we'd have a lot of nickels," Google's Glass team said via a Google+ post today.

The company confirmed its rumoured partnership with specialist eye insurance company VSP, which may help cover the cost of the Glass prescription frames.

As noted by CNET, VSP has 30,000 doctors on its books and the insurer plans to have 6,000 doctors trained up to properly fit patients with Glass prescription frames.

Google expects to make its networked frames available to the US public by the end of 2014. 

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Topics: Hardware, Google


Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, s... Full Bio

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