First ever electronic-focusing eyewear arrives in SWLA - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

First ever electronic-focusing eyewear arrives in SWLA

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It is future meets the eyes with the first of its kind electronic-focusing eyewear. With a simple tap or swipe on the frame, your vision will become perfectly focused!

These "smart glasses" are now available at Vision Source in Sulphur and optometrist, Dr. Robert Janot, is the first person in the state to have a pair.

Dr. Janot says to activate the glasses, all you have to do is put them on.  "Looking down focuses closer up," he said, "12 degrees up focuses further away."

The eyeglasses are made by emPower! and have tiny batteries, microchips and assorted electronics to turn the reading power on and off.  "This is the first of its kind in eye care and it's the first major change in progressive lenses or bifocal lens technology over the last 50 years," said Dr. Janot.

On manual mode, these high tech specs allow wearers to simply tap or swipe the temple to switch between far or near prescriptions.  "It utilizes a micro-crystal in the reading portion as well as a micro-accelerometer and miniature batteries in the temple of the glasses," said Dr. Janot.

On auto mode, just put the eyewear on and electronic focusing follows the tilt of your head.  "Just one look and it's done," said Dr. Janot.

D.r Janot says the emPower! eyeglasses are well-suited for any adult with prescription lenses to see near and far away.

With the ever-evolving technology for electronics, Dr. Janot says these lenses are a sign of what is to come within your eyewear.  "Possibly bluetooth technology that may even enable you to read text messages and e-mails on the inside portion of one of the lenses in the future," said Dr. Janot.

There are between 40 and 50 styles of the electronic-focusing eyeglasses. Most prescriptions can be fitted to the frames and are priced around the $1,000 mark.

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