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Google Glass: See Your Way to the Future

May 19, 2014

Google Glass: See Your Way to the Future

By Eola Eyes, Doctors of Optometry

You’ve probably seen or at least heard of the new technology offered by Google known as “Google Glass.” In case you’re not fully up to speed on what it is, here is a quick rundown. It is a lightweight, wearable technology that sits just above the eyes, mounted on a pair of eyeglasses, and it is designed to be a source of information about any particular person, place, or thing you can ever imagine. Using this smart eyewear, you can take pictures and videos, get directions, search the web, check the weather, and so much more, all from the convenience of this little device.

Recently, Google has started offering prescription frames for their Google Glass. Initially, this was only available to a few thousand “Glass Explorers” who were testing the technology. As of May 2014, though, prescription Google Glass has been made available to the public. Google has also partnered with VSP Vision Care, so now VSP providers like Eola Eyes can offer the Glass eyewear to our VSP patients in addition to patients looking to purchase this technology without insurance.

If you’re interested in becoming part of this tech-savvy movement, there are a few other things to consider. Currently, they are only made so that the screen is located over the right eye. Optometrists who are familiar with the product recommend placing the screen over your dominant eye, meaning if you have poor vision in your right eye, Google Glasses may not be right for you. Also, driving while wearing Google Glass is definitely not recommended. Similar to how texting while driving is a bad idea, the same goes for wearing Google Glass while driving. Most importantly, if you’re interested in getting a pair of prescription Google Glasses, it is important to visit your optometrist to get the correct prescription and to find out if it is right for you given your lifestyle and eye health.

Once you and your optometrist have decided that you are in fact a good candidate for prescription Google Glasses, then you can begin customizing your pair. Google Glass wearers can select their own frame, shade, and color from a growing collection of frames compatible with Glass.

To get more information about what Google Glass looks like and everything it has to offer, visit www.google.com/glass.

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