Although it might sound like something from a dream or a futuristic film, self-focusing lenses are in development through MIT and Stanford as well technologists, scientists and renowned optimologists, such as Dr. Jared Holthaus.
This means that your glasses — and sunglasses — will be able to make intelligent adjustments as your eyes are trying to focus, making things easier for any one’s eyes, particularly ageing eyes.
The new technology aims to deliver a more natural, fluid approach to vision, rather than offering users a standard prescription that might not be optimal for all eyes and all situations, according to MIT researchers and scientists.
For now, self-focusing glasses haven’t moved past the prototype phase, which doesn’t resemble a wearable pair of specs.
This technology will also be used for those using virtual reality.
Equally important, the self-focusing ability of the glasses can cure feelings of nausea that affects millions of people, Stanford researchers acknowledge.
Sunglasses have come a long way with the very first dark glasses offering no UV protection at all.
These days lenses are created to keep our eyes safe while helping us to see better in bright environments.
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Blue Light Filters
In the modern world, a new enemy has emerged, and our sunglasses are being made to protect us.
If you haven’t already come across the term, blue light is a type of wavelength that comes from computer and phone screens. It can disrupt sleep when you’re exposed to it before bed or even contribute to eye strain.
Blue light filters are popular choices for those using their eyewear while working, but some sunglasses now offer protection as well. After all, it’s unlikely a bright day will stop anyone from peering down at their tablet or mobile.
If looking down at your phone is too much trouble, why not bring the screen directly to your pair of shades? Depending on the model you choose, smart glasses have a whole host of tech-driven features to make your life easier. From Bluetooth compatibility to built-in earphones and microphones, your sunglasses could quickly replace your need for a tablet.
Some smart sunglasses even have alternate reality (AR) capabilities. This could mean displaying essential data or transporting you to another world through the use of 3D graphics and computer-generated models.
Gone are the days where eyeglasses wearers needed a pair of specs and a pair of shades. With transition lenses, it’s possible to have glasses that do both. Made with photochromic light technology, the adaptive lenses offer UVA/UVB protection while you’re outdoors, yet appear completely clear as you step inside. The glasses actually become more tinted when you’re out and about in the sun and innovatively know how dark to make the lens. This offers prescription lens wearers a seamless experience, with no fumbling around in their bag necessary.