Latest in eyewear

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:35

    Electronic eyeglasses soon to become available from Vernon practice Vernon — Total Eyecare, an optometric practice serving the Vernon and Lake Hopatcong community, will carry PixelOptics’ emPower! eyeglasses, the world's first and only electronic focusing prescription eyewear. emPower! will be available to patients starting the middle of October at a price of approximately 30 percent more than a premium frame and premium progressive lens, including frames, lenses, coatings, charger and all electronics. Similar to today’s consumer electronics, emPower! eyeglasses features include a microchip, composite lenses with a thin transparent LCD-like layer, miniature rechargeable batteries and a micro-machine accelerometer to detect tilt. The microchip, micro-accelerometer and miniature batteries are hidden inside the temples of the eyeglass frames. The transparent liquid crystal layer in each lens is able to electronically activate the reading portion when the wearer needs it. Turning the reading portion on or off happens virtually instantaneously. There are no visible moving parts or noises. Wearers can operate the glasses in three different modes: manual on, automatic and manual off. The emPower! eyeglasses look and feel like designer eyeglasses. They are shock resistant and waterproof. One charge of the battery allows for two to three days of operation. Experts believe emPower! will become the choice for the tens of millions of consumers who suffer from presbyopia, the diminished ability to focus on near objects that affects many starting around the age of 40. Unlike the typical corrective lenses, emPower! eyeglasses provide a wider field of view, less distortion and alleviate common side effects associated with progressive lenses and bifocals used to address presbyopia. “As an eye care professional, I see patients every day who have long suffered from presbyopia and continue to struggle with bifocals and progressive lenses,” said Dr. Zachary Ripps, owner of Total Eyecare. “I’m thrilled to be among the first optometrists in the world to offer my patients this fashionable, breakthrough eye care technology that will undoubtedly change the way they think and feel about their eyeglasses and improve their daily lives.” “Thanks to recent advances in consumer micro-electronics, emPower! reduces vision compromises and improves the vision experience of prescription eyeglass wearers,” said Ron Blum, founder and CEO of PixelOptics. “emPower! represents a quantum leap in optical technology that addresses the needs of a huge segment of the consumer market suffering affected by presbyopia.” For more information visit: For information on PixelOptics, headquartered in Roanoke, Va.,