Seeing Is Believing: Innovative Superfocus Eyewear Adjusts Vision in Seconds

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BY MARY McGRATH

It happened to me when I got a batch of business cards. When I received them, I thought the type was a bit blurry. It wasn’t the type. It was me. I was in my mid 40s at the time, when I realized that my vision was changing, and not for the better.

Bauhaus Frame

I bought a pair of reading glasses.

As time progressed, I soon noticed that I was developing a bit of astigmatism.  Boom, another pair of glasses.

I don’t like wearing glasses. My vision is pretty much 20/20, except for these two minor things, and I didn’t want to get bifocals. To make matters worse, my vision changes a bit throughout the day, with my eyes usually being more fatigued by mid afternoon.

What if there was a type of eyewear you could adjust throughout the day? I need reading glasses first thing in the morning. By mid-afternoon I don’t.  As a photographer, I need to see the object in the distance that I’m shooting, and then need to view the image to verify whether it’s in focus.  Binoculars can be adjusted to suit your vision.  Could glasses be created in the same fashion?

When I heard about Superfocus, I got really excited. Finally, there was a type of adjustable eyewear. They’re not bifocals or progressive lenses. With the slider, you can zoom from far to close in less than a second. They are sort of like a camera lens and not a fixed focal length like regular glasses.

Corbu Black Frame

I got a pair, and I’m in process of giving them a test run. I like them. They’re circular, so I’m a bit of a Harry Potter when I wear them, but they really are quite remarkable.

I mainly use them for watching TV, as they bring the type on the screen into focus, especially when I’m watching sports.  When I’ve used them for reading, they magnify extremely well, even better than my reading glasses.

This technology has been in the works for over a century. Although there have been many attempts to emulate the flexibility of the youthful human eye, none of them have really succeeded.

Unlike bifocals or progressive lenses, the focused area spans a user’s entire field of vision. Thus, you don’t need to carry multiple pairs of glasses or suffer the negative side effects of bifocals and progressives.

Adrian Koppes, CEO and co-founder of Superfocus.

Things are progressing nicely for this Van Nuys based company. Adrian Koppes, CEO and co-founder of Superfocus cites that many more styles will soon be available. The technology of the focusing mechanism necessitates a round or oval shape, but the frames will soon be available in plastic, allowing for many more fashionable options. Together with Dr. Stephen Kurtin, Chief Technologist, it’s just a matter of time before these glasses become a popular alternative to fixed focal length glasses.  That being said, NASA did send some up into space with astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery last year to help them compensate with distances.

Many report that “Ah-Ha” moment of clarity when using these glasses, including me.  I can’t wait to see them in some other styles and shapes.

Superfocus glasses are under $700 and come with a 30 day risk free trial.

For more information: www.superfocus.com and read all about the eyewear and NASA.

Mary McGrath is a freelance writer and photographer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in many publications including Newsweek, Copley Newspapers, and the LA Times. (www.marymcgrathphotography.com or grathy@aol.com

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