Google Glass Installed, Lenses Ordered

Now that I have my charcoal Google glass I managed to install it onto my Google thin frames. I had done this previously with my tangerine glass and found it again to be a little tricky to install.  Overall not too difficult though as it is just one screw and some bespoke fitting that hold things securely in place.  That said, I think the #TeamCharcoal frames and #Glass look super sharp.

Right after this photo, I promptly disassembled them again so I can pack my Google Titanium Thin frames off to Rochester Optical for them to install their new “GOLD” or Google Optimized Lens  Designs into my existing frames.  The reason I am choosing to send my frames off to Rochester Optical is because of these special lenses that have been designed with the location of the Glass Prism in mind.

From their site:

“The location of the HUD on Google Glass forces the wearer to gaze in an upward direction. Normal prescription lenses are not designed to optimize the visual acuity in those upper gaze directions, leading to a blurring of the display, and visual fatigue as the eye itself tries to compensate for the movement to a less clear viewing area. GOLD lenses are specifically designed to remove unwanted aberrations perceived by the wearer in the directions of sight associated with the HUD, giving the wearer a clear vision of the HUD, as well as the normal clear vision their lenses provide of the world around them. The design of the GOLD lenses is intended to enhance overall visual acuity and to reduce eye-strain and fatigue.”

As someone that has worn glasses for most of my life I can totally appreciate what they mean by this.  I know the lenses are designed to be viewed through a specific point and the idea of looking up and right through a non-optimized portion of the lens did bring about a question in my mind initially.  That is why I was so thankful to find Rochester Optical.

They make the process pretty simple.  I followed the basic steps of:

  1. Had my local Optometrists office print up my script and my PD Values
  2. Took a photo of myself wearing my frames with Glass attached as I will wear them normally
  3. Visited the ordering page choosing my lens features and attaching a photo of both my script and my photo from step #2
  4. Did an easy checkout on the site

As I said above, I have since removed Google Glass from the frames as they do not need that to install the lenses, and I will be shipping them off tomorrow.  Because my script is pretty light and does not require progressives or bi-focals of any kind I was told by Coreen at Rochester Optical that my turn-around should be quick.

So, here’s hoping this goes quickly as I am so very interested in being able to wear glass full time.

Have you already gotten prescription lenses/frames for your Google Glass?

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5 Replies to “Google Glass Installed, Lenses Ordered”

  1. That’s very interesting. I just received my set of charcoal “bold” frames and wasn’t sure what to do next. I certainly hope this works out for you as I’m going to give it a try myself.


    1. My wife dropped them off with UPS this afternoon so it may be a couple of weeks until I have the frames back. I will of course be posting about how well they work once I have them. I would love to know your experience as well.

      It will be nice to finally be able to we wear glass full time instead of part time over my current frames.

        1. Yes, I have had them back for some time now and am overall pleased. The correction seems to be pretty spot on and my normal adjustment period to new lenses was normal in comparison to previous lens updates for my regular glasses.

          The clarity in the top right is generally very good. As you would expect, position is important, but there is just enough margin that I am able to fit the frames comfortably on my face and still able to see both straight forwards and up and to the right to view the Glass prism.

          I hope to have a full review up soon, I have just been flooded with work lately…

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