A company is developing both static (fixed focus) and electronic dynamic (changeable focus) lensed eyeglasses. The product is the result of collaboration between Pixel Optics which launched its first static composite enhanced multifocal in 2008 and Panasonic Shikoku Electronics of Japan, one of Panasonics group companies.
According to their press release, the company claims that the electronic eyeglasses auto-focus faster than the blink of an eye using chemistry, electricity, and optics and do so without moving parts. These eyeglasses allow for clear focus from far to near, and everything in between. They are lineless on the face of the wearer and provide significantly wider and less compromised fields of clear vision having far less areas of distortion than that of progressive addition lenses of an equal optical power.
Progressive addition lenses presently are the most common and preferred way of correcting for presbyopia (a condition that results in the poor near and intermediate distance focus of one’s eyes after 45yrs of age).
PixelOptics has designed its electronic eyewear in such a way that it will involve all conventional channels of distribution: lens manufacturers, frame companies, wholesale optical labs, eye care professionals. No special equipment will be required to be purchased and the current eye examination will not change. If all goes to plan PixelOptics will move forward with a launch of its electronic eyeglasses in the second half of 2010.