Category Archives: CustomFocuss

Exciting News! AdlensFocuss is now Allfield™

As some have noticed, Adlens has rebranded their variable focus prescription product under the name Allfield™. They have also announced a newer, lighter weight design and some additional style options. I will be reviewing the new design when I receive a set. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 6/26/2017:  Adlens has informed me that they have made a decision  to put a production freeze on their current design so that they can redirect all resources to a new design. I have been told that the expectation is the new design will offer more style flexibility and a significantly more streamlined and lighter weight product. I have no idea of the timeline but if/when I receive an update I will post that information here.

Update: Adlens Focuss / CustomFocuss in Production

Late last year, Adlens introduced their Focuss (AKA AdlensFocuss, AKA CustomFocuss) glasses in a trial release through test partner Lenscrafters. These glasses are unique in the market in that they combine a standard optometrist eyeglass prescription with an adjustable focus mechanism allowing full visual range without the need to resort to multiple pairs of glasses or progressives / bifocals.  We reviewed that trial product on this blog.

Adlens Focuss and AccessoriesAfter a brief trial run in November – December 2014, Adlens ended the test program to collect their lessons learned and prepare for a full production run. In early June, Adlens announced that they were ready to initiate production, and now the first sets of glasses are rolling off the assembly line. I obtained a pair earlier this week and can now report some results. The glasses were delivered in an impressive package befitting a high end optical product, including a nicely designed case, tote bag, cleaning solution, cleaning cloth, and even a thumb drive. The thumb drive contains a professionally done promotional video that looks like it may become an advertisement, and a registration form. Of course what matters most is not the packaging and accessories but rather the quality of the product within. The news there is good which I share below. However it should be pointed out that at present Lenscrafters is not distributing the production run of Focuss. Instead, distribution is rolling out through a small but reportedly growing list of independent optometrists, and when needed, through direct sales from Adlens.

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Lenscrafter CustomFocuss Review / Adlens Focuss Review

ScreenShot1130[Note to previous readers: see latest updates at the end of this review just above the comment section. Note to new readers: the review has been updated to reflect the current “production run” version of the product available as of June, 2015. Click here to read the updated review.]

Good news to those who had been following my SuperFocus story: CustomFocuss by Adlens is now available. I am working on obtaining a pair and will review them here.

As with the previously posted review of the now defunct SuperFocus technology, this will be a “living post” documenting my experiences with the Adlens Focuss product, being marketed and sold as Lenscrafters CustomFocuss.

[Note: This is no longer true. The product is not currently sold by Lenscrafters, but rather has a network of independent optometrist shops that can be searched on their web site.]

This article will be of interest to you if you wear prescription eyeglasses. Like SuperFocus before it, the Focuss product line from Adlens (hereafter using the Lenscrafters name CustomFocuss or CF for short) is an evolutionary step in eyewear. In brief, one pair of CustomFocuss glasses replaces multiple pairs of single vision, progressive, and bifocal glasses. This is accomplished by matching a standard vision prescription with a variable focusing mechanism, allowing full field vision at all distances. Where with conventional eyewear you may need reading glasses, computer glasses, distance / driving glasses, and perhaps progressive / bifocals, all of these purposes can be served by a single pair of CustomFocuss glasses.

We know that this concept can work well, as proven previously by SuperFocus. The SuperFocus technology was quirky in many ways and had some technical problems, but certainly proved the concept that variable focus eyewear is feasible and can deliver outstanding visual clarity at all distances without the distortions and discomfort of progressive lenses. Unfortunately, the SuperFocus business model lacked an effective marketing and distribution mechanism, and/or lacked sufficient funding, and the company ceased operations in early 2014. Continue reading

Superfocus Glasses Review

photo4[Update 10/18/2014.  My Adlens CustomFocuss order process has begun!! This will probably be the last update on this post. To follow the story specific to Adlens / Lenscrafters CustomFocuss, click this link.]

[Update 10/3/2014.  Adlens Focuss via Lenscrafters is here!  See comments starting at #30.]

[Update 5/18/2014. For best current information on Adlens Focuss via Lenscrafters, see comments #18 and #25.]

[Update 4/30/2014. No real news here at this point, but it seems clear from user reports that SuperFocus is gone for good. If you came here looking for hope for Superfocus, you should probably start considering the long promised (but not yet available) Focuss glasses from Adlens. Supposedly they will begin rolling out in the US via Lenscrafters sometime in the next couple of months. They have a similar technology to Superfocus, perhaps even better, and thankfully have a more conventional rectangular shape. I rather like the funky round Superfocus glasses but would prefer a more conventional look as I think it has more market appeal and thus would make the product more viable commercially.]

[Update 3/10/2014. Good news! SuperFocus still has signs of life. I received the following email today: “Superfocus is transitioning to a different business model. As a result, the office is closed, production has been halted and no new orders are being accepted. Product shipped to the company is being returned to the sender. We plan to keep you advised as events unfold.”  Stay tuned for more, and read the comments section to learn experiences and alternatives of other Superfocus customers as this drama continues to unfold.]

[Update 2/27/2014.  Those seeking information on SuperFocus glasses should take note of the following. At the present time it appears that Superfocus has ceased operation, or at least has paused operation while it “takes stock” in itself. I have absolutely no information about what is happening, however as of 2/24 Superfocus has declined to answer any phone calls or emails, and while their web site is still up, the “Shop” portion is inoperative.  Multiple customers have stated that they had shipped their glasses to Superfocus for service and now are unable to get them back. It is my sincere hope that Superfocus will emerge from their current crisis in better, stronger condition, because their product is too good and game changing to be allowed to fail without a fight.]

[If you want to read the review below, go ahead. But if you are interested in the ongoing discussion about the demise of SuperFocus, skip down to the comments section, beginning at comment #10.]

Product Review
This topic is not computer related, at least not directly, but it is about an intriguing bit of technology. If you wear glasses, you will find this interesting. In this article, I’ll give an unbiased and hopefully thorough review of a remarkable product, Superfocus eyeglasses. If you haven’t heard of these before, please read on. If you have come here by way of  internet search, you are probably doing what I did: spending a lot of time researching these glasses and trying to decide whether or not to pull the trigger. This article may help you in that process. Continue reading