Prescription lenses for the Google Glass was an improvement highly recommended by the early explorers of the device. That request is now a reality. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is now offering prescription Google Glass with multiple frames, colors, and shades on its website.
According to the search engine giant, the prescription frames for the Google Glass cost $225 in addition to the $1,500 price paid by the early explorers of the internet-enabled headset. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is offering lightweight titanium frames with four styles including Split, Thin, Bold, and Curve.
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There are also sunglasses with three styles including Edge, Classic, and Active. The sunglasses cost $150.
Google partners with VSP Global
Last year, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) negotiated a partnership with VSP Global to create special prescription lenses for the Google Glass. VSP Global is a nationwide provider of benefits, products, services, and solutions in the optical industry. The company provides vision plans for the employees of the search engine giant.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and VSP Global also negotiated creating different designs for the device and the possibility of displaying the Google Glass in optometry offices across the United States, according to Rob Lynch, CEO of the eyewear company.
Jim McGrann, president of VSP VisionCare, said the eyewear company is currently training optometrists to ensure that owners of the Google Glass will have prescription lenses and frames properly fitted for their eyes. VSP will also cover the cost of the frames and lenses.
According to Mc Grann, optometrists trained to fit Google Glass with prescription lenses are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) aims to increase the number of trained optometrists to cover other cities across the country.
“Our goal is to have 6,000 doctors trained by the end of the year, throughout the country. We have 200 trained so far,” said Mc Grann.
Google Glass frames based on popular trends
Steve Lee, product director of Google Glass said the styles of the frames were based on the existing popular trends in the optical industry. The owners of the computer-powered eyewear will be able to mix and match different colors, shades, and frames.
According to Lee, “We think they’ll accommodate most people’s tastes. Anybody who is familiar with the process of getting [an eyeglasses] prescription filled will be familiar with how you get prescription Glass.”