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.

By the time of the SuperFocus failure, Adlens, a business based in Oxford, UK, had already announced its plans to enter the variable focus market. Adlens was established in 2005 to provide adjustable eyewear to developing nations where there is a lack of infrastructure for conventional vision prescription distribution. In fulfilling that need, they have previously introduced several low cost technologies providing customizable non-prescription solutions. It is from that solid foundation that Adlens decided to evolve a prescription-based variable focus technology targeted to consumers in developed nations. This technology, now called CustomFocuss, is a direct replacement for what SuperFocus had been offering.

CustomFocuss has some significant advantages over SuperFocus that offer hope of success where SuperFocus failed.

  • CustomFocuss is distributed through ordinary eyewear retailers (Lenscrafters in the US). By contrast, SuperFocus was available only through a web site. The CF model offers important benefits, such as the ability to see and try the frames before buying, integration with local optometrists, accurate and professional pre-purchase measurements, and the likelihood of superior post-sales support in the event that something goes wrong.
  • Although CustomFocuss frame designs are restricted to a small set, they do offer four slight variations and a more conventional rectangular appearance. By contrast, SuperFocus had a one-size-fits-all approach and relied on a round frame with limited commercial appeal. Although both products achieve variable focus through a liquid-injected flexible lens technology (mimicking the eye), with CustomFocuss, Adlens has developed an approach that claims to retain distortion-free clarity without requiring a round lens. They have published descriptive documentation on their technology, so I will not repeat it here.

As of a couple of weeks ago, CustomFocuss is now available for purchase, however the initial rollout is limited to only 34 Lenscrafters locations in 7 states. This represents a mere 4% of the 850 Lenscrafters locations, and most areas of the country have zero representation. Presumably this initial test rollout will be followed by a more comprehensive coverage, but for the time being most people will find it challenging to obtain a pair of these glasses since there is no online alternative for ordering. Fortunately, through some phone calls I have found a solution! Read on.

The nearest participating Lenscrafters to my location is over 200 miles away in Bakersfield California, which obviously is not logistically practical. I contacted a nearby Lenscrafters location in La Jolla a couple of weeks ago, who unsurprisingly at the time had heard nothing about this product. We should expect that Lenscrafters locations that are not participating will know nothing about CustomFocuss.

I then called the Bakersfield location and was immediately helped by a knowledgeable sales associate. When I explained that I was some 200 miles away in the San Diego area, she agreed tScreenShot1131o contact her Adlens rep and also my nearby Lenscrafters location to see if they could arrange something. This is exactly the kind of network advantage that Lenscrafters distribution should provide, so this was encouraging. After all, Lenscrafters are all company owned and share a database, so there is no reason that they can’t work together cooperatively.

Yesterday, I spoke with the Adlens rep who explained that he had sent some sample frames to the La Jolla store, and that they were anticipating my arrival for measurements. I then called the La Jolla store and they confirmed that they were indeed looking forward to my visit. I stopped by earlier this afternoon and tried on three different frame designs, selected one, and had measurements taken. I am now eagerly anticipating the next steps, but to this point I can say that Adlens and Lenscrafters have made this process a positive and relatively easy one. I would encourage readers who want to be “early adopters” (but lacking a nearby participating location) to take the same approach by contacting the nearest participating location and having them work with a nearby non-participating location to get the job done.

Here are my first impressions of the frames. Adlens has four frame designs, called Kinetic, Quantum, Flux, and Vectra. Each of these are available in a variety of color combinations (front/ side color and interior color). At first glance on their web site, they all look identical. With closer examination we can see minor cosmetic variations primarily in the bridge and temples. My feeling is that each of these frames accept the same exact lens / focus module. This is a logical cost containment strategy, but as a result the frame variation is somewhat limited when viewed on a web page. The reality is a bit different, as each of the frames did have a distinctive look when actually worn.

Unfortunately, I don’t know for certain which frame styles I tried because they were not labeled. I believe there were one each of Kinetic, Quantum, and Vectra, although I can’t say for certain. The Quantum frame is too boxy for my taste and seemed visually bulky. The Vectra frame (if that’s what it was) was too wide for my face. I selected (I think) the Kinetic, which was clearly the best fit of the three for my head shape. I’m sorry to be so vague, but the important lesson learned here is that you cannot tell from the web page how different they are, and really must try them on in the store to make an informed selection.

I will say that I found all three to be comfortable. The weight was good, although these were lacking the variable optic lens. As such, I’d expect the final glasses to be a bit heavier. The frames are somewhat thicker than my usual glasses, but not unpleasantly so. They felt substantial and well constructed.

I did note that the frames have two focusing wheels – one on the left and one on the right. It’s not clear to me if this means one must adjust each side independently or not, an issue that is certainly relevant to the practicality of these glasses. (My hope is that these will focus like a pair of binoculars: one dial controls only one side but the other dial controls both together. This would allow efficiency of use while also permitting fine tuning if the sides become out of sync – as is the case with one of my SuperFocus modules.)

On my next update, I’ll let you know how the complete ordering process comes to conclusion, and give my impressions of the actual finished product.

Update 10/20/2014:

I have to backtrack slightly regarding product ordering. If you are not within reach of one of the 34 participating Lenscrafters locations during this test rollout, for logistical reasons Adlens is recommending that you contact them directly at 617-721-1689 so that they can handle your order personally.

 

Update 11/11/2014:  First Impressions

I received my CustomFocuss order this morning and have been wearing them now for approximately 10 hours. My use has been in an everyday work environment involving normal office interaction, detailed workbench activity, and driving, with vision needs at all distances. I now have sufficient experience to describe first impressions, though no doubt my opinions will evolve over time with increased use.

Using the same grading system I used previously with SuperFocus, here is my initial grade. Each item will be discussed below in some detail.

  • Optics: B+   (SuperFocus: A-)
  • Practicality: B+   (SuperFocus: B+)
  • Aesthetics: A-   (SuperFocus: C)
  • Cost: B     (SuperFocus: B)
  • Quality: A-      (SuperFocus: originally A, now C for repeated leakage failures)
  • Presales Customer Service: A     (SuperFocus: B+)
  • Postsales Customer Service: A     (SuperFocus: originally C, now F)

Optics. Generally speaking, I’m pleased with the optical quality. This is interesting because my first impression out of the box was not particularly positive. I immediately noticed distortions [see note below], a constrained viewing window, and a bit of “fishbowl” effect. However, some of this impression was not entirely fair and with a few adjustments within a minute or two the initial concerns began to evaporate. Compared against my single vision Warby Parker glasses, all of the above observations are essentially true. The single vision glasses are larger with viewing angles from top to bottom and side to side, with no distortions of any kind. (They are also lighter weight and a lot cheaper, but those are topics to be discussed elsewhere). However, a more fair comparison would be against progressives or SuperFocus.

Note on distortions: It turns out that most of the distortion that I initially noticed was due to a flaw in my CustomFocuss glasses. It took me awhile to figure out that the focus zone on the right lens had a crease near the top which produced a substantial distortion at the upper end of the vision area. When I brought this flaw to the attention of Adlens, they promptly agreed to replace the glasses. The replacement set is utterly perfect. There is normal distortion at the zone border as others have reported, but is no more significant than any eyeglass frames. As with frames, our brains filter out the border distortion from our normal perception.

CustomFocus vs SuperFocus:  SF glasses are so small and so round that the viewing space feels constrained and I always feel aware of the frame. On the other hand, they offer crisp clarity across the entire lens surface. Although exquisitely clear and undistorted, SF does indeed have optical artifacts. For example ghosting arises due to the spatial gap between the prescription lens and the focusing lens, and the non-integrated nature of SF means that the focusing module can wobble behind the lenses (note: I am referring to the Leonardo design). CF glasses are rectangular which offers superior visual width and less awareness of the frame. This improvement comes at the expense of visual distortion where the focusing component attaches to the prescription lens. In my experience so far, this distortion is really only noticeable with the head tilted down while the eyes are looking straight ahead, or while the eyes are looking up without tilting the head. It may be that some fit adjustment would reduce this characteristic, and in any case based on my one day of use I believe it is something to which I will become acclimated.

Furthermore, the CF design is more integrated than the SF design in that the focusing component is permanently embedded within a lens sandwich. As a result, thus far I have noticed absolutely no ghosting effect as I have with SF. This renders CF far superior for distance and night vision. I found SF difficult to wear at night with ghosted streetlights and headlights. Further, I found SF distance vision gave me some cross-eye effect at distance which I am not experiencing at all with CF. This problem was not due to PD mismeasurement as some have suggested, but rather is an artifact of the focus module – the problem disappears when that module is removed. Other benefits of the CF integrated design is that the total product feels more solidly constructed, should be easier to clean, and (I have to hope) will be more immune to failure of the soft membrane.

CustomFocus vs progressives: Like progressive lenses, there is definitely an optical “sweet spot” for CF and it will be important to have a pupilary distance measurement and proper fitting to maximize the results. For this reason, the Lenscrafters (retail) distribution model probably is a critical part of the ultimate success of the product. It is much easier to adjust to CF than to progressives, and no neck pain for reading and computer work. And while CF has minor distortion it is only at the periphery, unlike progressives which offer the greatest distortion in the middle of the lens, at the transition from distance to near vision.

Practicality. As all SF users know, variable focus glasses have a high practical benefit as there is no need to continually switch glasses for different distances, carry multiple glasses, risk dropping and scratching the ones that are not in use, and so on. (Grade A).  That said, there are some downsides:

  • CF are heavy. On my shipping scale (which is accurate but not terribly precise, rounding up to the nearest 0.2 oz), CF weighs in at 2 ounces while SF weighs 1.4 ounces and my Warby Parker single vision glasses come in at 1.2 ounces. After 10 hours of wear, I’m starting to feel it pinch on my nose. It’s not terrible by any means, but although I expect to adjust to it I’d like to see them knock some weight off in future designs. It may be a problem for those who are highly sensitive to eyeglass weight. (Grade B). [Update: during the first week of use, I adjusted the nosepads to be less pinchy. Although I’d still like to see about  a half ounce carved off of a future model, the weight distribution is now quite wearable].
  • CF offers dual focusing wheels where the left and right sides are focused independently. Many SF users will consider this as a potential show-stopper because we are used to having a single dial control the focus of both sides at the same time. However I want to emphasize that it actually works quite well in real life use. I’m giving a C grade based on the scale below, but there are advantages to this approach and in any case it is superior to a progressive or multiple single focus model. It has already become second nature for me to dial both sides at the same time. They dial in opposite directions so the motion is intuitive, and they provide click-stops for near, middle, and long distance so a quick change is easy. In cases where I’ve had one hand occupied, I’ve dialed the other side for focus, and while this is not the way I would want to see all the time, it does the job adequately for brief situations. I would like to see a 4th click stop (reading/detail, computer, mid range, long distance). In some future model, I’d love to see both independent and synchronized focus because both are useful. I’m sure this presents an engineering challenge but it can be done. [Please note the update below dated 11.19/2014. Since the initial review, I have decided that I prefer the dual focus approach. I’ll keep the same grading scale here but in reality I’d now give this approach a B rather than a C.]

Multi-Focus Methodology Grading Scale
A: Both synchronized and independent focus
B: Synchronized focus only
C: Independent focus only
D: Progressive
F: Single Vision (multiple sets of glasses)

I suppose an A+ would be given for a method of “bio-automated” focus, but I would guess such technology will not appear in my lifetime.

[Someone asked me for what reasons I might find the CF focus approach preferable to the SF approach. I can think of two. First is it possible to have the two sides out of synch. I had two SF focus modules, one of which was slightly out of synch. There was no way to adjust it other than sending it back to the company for a replacement. The second reason is that it is a little less disruptive to have the focus dial at the stem of the glasses rather than the bridge. With the latter, you need to cross your hand in front of your face, or curve your arm awkwardly above your forehead. By contrast, focusing at the stem seems much more natural to me. For me, an ideal scenario would be the approach taken with binoculars, where you have one dial that adjusts only one side, and the other dial adjusts both sides together. This would require designing some sort of mechanical connection between the two sides which currently does not exist.]

Aesthetics. This is entirely a matter of personal opinion, but I feel that CF blows SF out of the water. Although the frame options are limited, I feel that the rectangular style has a much broader appeal than the circular style. CF looks far more “normal” or even upscale. While SF will get you a lot of immediate attention (some good, some humiliating), CF will generally go unnoticed at worst. For broad market appeal, that can only be a good thing. I selected the Kinetic frame with a dark brown / amber coloring, and they look very good in my opinion. Bottom line: I’m not embarrassed to go outside. I don’t have much more to say on this subject.

Cost. The current “early adopter” pricing of $599 (at Lenscrafters only) is anything but cheap, however it’s not unreasonable given that in theory one pair of CF glasses potentially can take the place of several pairs of conventional glasses. On the other hand the “regular price” of $799 strikes me as potentially too limiting for the market. Although you could make a financial case, I believe it will prove to be a hard sell outside of a diehard niche. My recommendation to AdLens would be to make the $599 price permanent, and attempt to increase the average sale price in different ways. For example, they could offer a second pair at half price for the same prescription ordered at the same time. The incremental material cost would be relatively small, but the net sale would go to $899.

Quality. Here is where CF really shines. The frames feel solid and substantial, and the construction feels top notch. The finish is nice, the hinges are firm, and the glasses fit snugly to the head and nose without slippage. By contrast, SF always struck me as somewhat flimsy as a whole. The components were well made but they just didn’t integrate together very well. Further, the open access to the variable membrane was practically begging for problems, and it got them. SF created double the surfaces to be cleaned, one of which is sensitive to the touch and as a unit feels fragile. Meanwhile, CF is easy to clean with only two sides presented as a single unit. Time will tell us how well this design will hold together, but I feel hopeful that the poor SF shelf life and fluid leaks will not be repeated with CF. I am downgrading the quality grade slightly because the transition from focusing component to bare lens is visible and I would like to encourage AdLens to continue to refine the technology to minimize this transitional barrier.

Presales Customer Service. The experience was good overall. Initially, I attempted to purchase the glasses through Lenscrafters, but as described previously this turned out to not be possible. Lenscrafters personnel were certainly pleasant and helpful, but in the end, I had to purchase directly from AdLens. We can’t draw too many conclusions at this point because as early adopters this experience is very different from a presumed full rollout at Lenscrafters.

Postsales Customer Service. So far AdLens has (or “Adlens have”, as they would say in the home country) been outstanding in communicating with me after the sale and even arranging a personal fitting. It is obviously too early to tell what future customer service will be like. To be sure they are working hard to treat early adopters well during this test rollout, but Adlens seems to earnestly want to understand our experience and improve their product and customer experience.

Conclusions. AdLens has made an excellent debut prescription product that is worthy of consideration as an alternative to progressives and multiple single-focus eyeglasses. If you have never used a variable focus product before, CustomFocuss will be a revelation. On the other hand, former SuperFocus users will see CustomFocuss through that context and will find some things they like more and some they like less than SF. SF users will need to make a judgement based on the aspects they find most important. In my opinion, taking into consideration all of the different aspects of the products, I find CustomFocuss to be superior to SuperFocus and more viable from a product marketing perspective. There is room for improvement from this initial generation: I’d like to see the product evolve to be lighter weight, to be further refined in the focusing boundary, and to have a dual focus ability.

Here is a photo gallery of CustomFocuss and comparison shots against SuperFocus.

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CustomFocuss Head On View

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CustomFocuss Focus Wheels and Integrated Design

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CustomFocuss on a Stunning Male Model

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CustomFocuss and SuperFocus Face Off

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CustomFocuss and SuperFocus Bird’s Eye View: Note the much greater side to side lens surface provided by CustomFocuss.

 

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CustomFocus and SuperFocus Side by Side

 

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CustomFocus andSuperFocus Folded View

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A view of optical distortion with CustomFocuss. Note the distortions of the straight lines at the periphery. In practice, such distortion is generally not noticed because normal viewing is through the undistorted area. It is essential to have an accurate PD measurement as part of the prescription, and proper fitting of the finished product.

 

Update 11/19/2014:  Week 2

Now that I’ve been using CustomFocuss more or less constantly for over a week, I have a somewhat surprising update.

First of all, I have decided that I LOVE LOVE LOVE these glasses. They are not perfect and have room for improvement, but they are a delight to use.

Here is the surprising part: I’ve decided that I actually prefer the dual focus approach used by CustomFocuss and I feel that it is superior to the synchronized SuperFocus approach. I continue to believe that having both would be good, but if I have to choose one, I prefer the dual focus approach. In the vast majority of cases, the preset click-stops are all you need, however in many circumstances I have found it desirable to make a micro-adjustment on one side or the other, and it would not be possible to do that with SuperFocus. Indeed, I spent some time directly comparing the two and found I could focus more precisely with CustomFocuss because of this flexibility. It may be a reflection of my own personal eyesight, but I believe that one eye has slightly different ability to focus than the other and that it can change over time. For example, if the air is unusually dry (as it has been the past few days with a Santa Ana condition), my right eye tends to become watery. When that happens, its normal focus ability shifts and so my eyes become somewhat out of kilter with my prescription. With CustomFocus, I’m able to micro-adjust in that situation and get back to proper focus.

It’s true that separate focusing is a bit of a nuisance, but it’s really quite minor. I have found that focusing with both hands at the same time is simple and intuitive, but I have also found that when one hand is occupied it is quite easy to use the other hand to dial one side to a click stop, then move the hand to dial the other side. Each dial is easy to reach with the thumb in either case.

So, my biggest area of apprehension with CustomFocuss has turned into an area of preference. Other SuperFocus users may disagree, but this is my finding.

Update 12/17/2014:  Adlens Ends Test Rollout Phase

As of a couple of days ago, the CustomFocuss web site indicated that the test rollout via Lenscrafters had come to an end. I asked David Hunt of Adlens to clarify what that meant for current and future customers so that we could share that information on this blog. Here is his response.

As you are aware Adlens engaged in a product test with a fantastic partner and leader in the optical industry.  We are very proud of the results of that test and the partnership.  As with any product test there would be a start date and an end date.  As of December 15th, 2014 we have crossed that end date.  This decision will allow us to take what we have learned from the test and implement process improvements to meet expectations and demand.  We will continue our partner discussions about the product test and look forward to the future.     

Adlens is committed to servicing our very valued present and future customers.  Everyone is welcome to call me direct in Boston.  Focuss will have a huge impact on the optical industry and you will start to read and hear a lot more as we prepare for the product launch in the second quarter of 2015.  It is a very exciting time for us right now.  The Boston office is happy to answer any inquiries regarding the launch and can be reached directly at 888-459-9793.

– David Hunt, Global Customer Excellence Manager

I’m glad that I got my glasses during this brief test phase because I love them and it’s not clear to me if new orders will be processed until the next phase begins. On the other hand, those who have to wait for that phase should benefit from the experiences of the early adopters as Adlens refines its product and processes.

Update 6/8/2015:  Focuss is Back!
Adlens has announced that they are now back in production. Evidently the name of the product is now AdlensFocuss. I have the following information provided by David Hunt of Adlens regarding the new rollout:

We are very happy to announce the official release of AdlensFocuss™.  While the design, functionality and frame styles are the same as our CustomFocuss™ test, small changes in materials were made in the product to improve overall patient satisfaction.  The most significant improvement is a manufacturing line expansion to meet patient demand. 

We plan to have 150 Eye Care Practices all over the nation dispensing AdlensFocuss by the end of 2015.  Each week new optical professionals will be listed on www.AdlensFocuss.com 

Currently, we are targeting major metropolitan regions of the country like Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Chicago.  However interested patients who are outside of the available regions can order directly from our Boston office.  The toll free number is 1-888-459-9793 and 1-617-721-1689 is David Hunt’s number for after hours and weekends.

Mr. Hunt also explained that among the changes AdlensFocuss is now able to accommodate a wider range of prescriptions, as they “are now able to surface (or glaze) the eyewear to ANY axis for Cylinder up to -2.00”.

I will be obtaining a new set and will post another update regarding noteworthy changes.

Update 7/18/2015:  Focuss is Back!
I received my pair of production run glasses a few days ago. Click here to read the updated review.

 

 

 

129 thoughts on “Lenscrafter CustomFocuss Review / Adlens Focuss Review

  1. Rolf Taylor

    Thanks for the information. I having been desperately waiting to become an early adopter. I know the Superfocus glasses were not for everyone, but the solved my needs quite well.

    I have been getting by with a pair of progressives and a flip-up magnifying lens. When indoors I use the magnifying glasses and when I need distance I flip up the magnifier. Adjustable focus will be much better. The frame of these broke last week and I had been trying to deice what to do as I had not heard from Adlens (I had signed up to be notified when these were released).

    During my vigil I did purchase a pair of Adlens fluid-based variable focus glasses. I had hoped I might determine a way to put my prescription lens onto the front of these, but it was infeasible. These are fluid based, but are intended to be adjusted once and then the adjustment knob removed from each side. The two lenses adjust separately. Anyway, they seemed to live up to the claims made – eg “custom readers” for those whose eyes are not the same, or want to configure them differently than the limited stock reader prescriptions. These are round like the Super focus and since I did not end up using them reliability is unknown.

    I will probably go to Lenscrafters tomorrow to try and set something up.

    I will report back as soon as I know anything.

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  2. Dane Gilbert

    Glad to hear something is happening with Adlens. I signed up to be emailed but I guess since they aren’t coming to my state, Washington I am not being notified yet.

    When I got my True Focals/ Superfocus glasses I was able to help my optometrist become a provider and did my ordering and fitting through him. I don’t know if going to LensCrafters is better or not.

    So far I am not enamored of the Adlens frame selection as I prefer the round lens for field of view and how they look. I would have liked round lens larger than the SuperFocus.

    The limit Adlens published on their website of +2.5D for close vision probably is not enough for me as the SuperFocus I am wearing now are +2.75D and still aren’t quite sufficient for pulling slivers or other very close work. I look forward to hearing from all you early adopters of your experience and the pricing on the Adlens. Meanwhile I will start getting a set of glasses as insurance against the day my current and third pair of SuperFocus fails.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Not sure if this applies to your situation, but I do a fair amount of up close electronics work often with absurdly tiny print. For such situations I have always supplemented my eyeglasses with a jewelers loop, magnifying glass, or magnifying lamp. Regarding the latter, the following has worked very well for me giving me hands off lighting and magnification 2.25x on top of whatever my glasses are giving me: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C0WFAK6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    2. Chandler

      Hi Dane,

      I am a rep with Adlens and CustomFocuss. You are correct that we are currently not offering CustomFocuss in Washington through our LensCrafters partnership. If you would like to order a pair directly from Adlens without actually handling the frames at one of the 34 LensCrafters stores (closest store for you would be in California) all we need is your Rx and PD measurement. That is it.

      If your Rx is eligible, then you are good to go.
      Range: -6 to +3.50 sphere, cylinder to -2.00 (between -1 and -2 not eligible if axis is between 40-140 degrees) and an ADD power up to +2.50.

      Feel free to Call Adlens and we can explain how to order direct. 617-721-1689.

      Thank you,

      Chandler

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      1. Dane

        Thanks Chandler but my cylinder being -2.25 and -3.25 I’ll be waiting for the next edition and hope I’ll be covered. If so I’ll be an instant customer.

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    3. Gerald Harpin

      I just spoke to the US representative for CF. I was told the spherical limit was -2.00, my OD is -3.75/OS is -3.50. The rep said they expect to expand acuity corrections sometime in 2015. I asked about transitions lenses and was told they might offer those in 2016 sometime.
      While I am glad to have had that conversation and not to have wasted time, I am disappointed because it appears I have to return to progressives. I had cervical (C3-C7) surgery and moving head up and down is a problem.
      I wish those within the parameters that CF serves the best.

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  3. William Nicholls

    It’s clear to me that each lens has separate adjustment. This is an adaptation of the existing Adlens tech, and each dial obviously controls the lens on the same respective side. So adjusting lenses on the fly is going to be a pain compared to the single slide or wheel control of the Superfocus glasses. The round Adlens glasses require you to keep ridiculously large adjustment knobs in place because the glasses are mean to be adjusted once, the knobs are removed, and the setting is then permanent. Having a small adjustment dial for each lens is a vast improvement, but it’s still a hassle to adjust for each eye separately.

    What I’d like to know:

    Pricing
    Timing for a roll out to the rest of the Lenscrafters chain
    Vulnerability of the focusing membrane…is it sandwiched between glass layers?
    Anti reflective coating availability and what lens surfaces are treated
    Are there longer earpieces available? I need those with enough hook behind my ears to prevent relatively heavy glasses from constantly sliding down.
    Is there a one piece nose pad available? Again, I needed this to prevent annoying slippage with the heavy Superfocus glasses.
    Is there a loss/damage policy available. As expensive as Superfocus glasses were, I’d assume these are also expensive. Coverage makes sense for something so easily lost or damaged.

    Thanks for posting this. I’m supposed to be on the mailing list for the Focuss product but haven’t heard a peep from the company since April.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I will look into these issues as much as possible as things progress.

      It seems obvious that the mailing list was an idea that has yet to be utilized – so far as I can tell, nobody has ever gotten a notification of anything yet.

      Regarding the adjustment, I’m just not sure. If you watch the Adlens interview that is posted on YouTube, they seem to indicate that you can either adjust both sides in sync or each side individually. That interview is from last year and the product was in prototype at the time. That leads me to hold my tongue for now until I see the actual product.

      The pricing is $599. That has been presented as an introductory price, 25% off of the full price of $799. I’d suggest and hope that $599 becomes a permanent price because I think it will be very difficult to build a customer base at the $799 price point. A better way to get that size of a sale is to sell two of the same prescription at $799, since the incremental material cost is probably very low.

      As for the other issues, we’ll see…

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    2. Chandler

      Hi William,

      CustomFocuss has a front lens which is high index 1.6, Zeiss premium AR coated standard, and lens material is MR-8. The VPO module sits sandwiched between this front lens and also a back lens which is also the same with the AR coating. These had no problem passing LensCrafters dropball testing.

      When you pick up your pair of CustomFocuss, they should adjust the temple tips and nose pads for you. It is crucial that they get enough “hook” behind the ears so that it will wear comfortably for you, like you were mentioning.

      Warranty is 12 months.

      Thanks,

      Chandler

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  4. NSBD

    Great report! I am in a test area and waiting for my CustomFocuss (not quite sure what the actual name is!) We had big displays in the Lenscrafter windows. The frames are much better looking in real life than in the pics. They come in gloss and matte. I too got the “Kinetic”.

    I had very good experiences with SuperFocus. It seems they had problems with manufacturing. My CustomFocuss are currently being remade, so hopefully Adlens is really on top of things and getting out the bugs.

    My SuperFocus died right when I needed a new Rx and they went out of business. As others have already said, once you go adjustable focus you can’t go back to progressives.

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    1. Chandler

      NSBD,

      Thank you for ordering? Why are you having to have a remake?

      The crew at the VPO Centre in Oxford (where CustomFocuss is made) is amazing. Please expect 10-14 business days for them to make your glasses. We want to make sure that everything is perfect with these early orders.

      Thank you,
      Chandler

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      1. NSBD

        Hi Chandler,

        Yeah, I read about the opening of the VPO Centre. It is very early so I expect some bugs. Adlens emailed me. I know they want everything perfect, and these are the first run. No problems. Its very exciting!

        I didn’t mess around much with the display pair. I want the total new experience. The mysterious two dials… we’re not quite sure yet how they work. If I’m not mistaken, they control each lens separately, but with three click-stops to orient where you are, though you can dial in anywhere between the stops, and there is a super-close by holding the dial all the way down. I don’t know if that’s accurate, but it sounds like they are not synced to change together, but must be adjusted seperately.

        Two dials I can see being a possible issue, though with three set click-stops (for close, intermediate and distance) maybe not. The other issue I anticipate is that the dials are inside the frame rather than outside. So, we’ll see! (Hah! Its a pun!)

        Though, as with Superfocus, I’m anticipating the wondrously clear vision will overcompensate the pain of having to switch focus. Waaay better than progressives…

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        1. administrator Post author

          Chandler verified that the two sides are indeed separately controlled, at least for the initial generation. That’s a good news / bad news thing from my point of view. Given that my current set of Superfocus glasses are out of sync, I only wish I had independent controls so I could fix that. On the other hand, it may prove inconvenient to have to always adjust them independently. You make a good point that the three set positions may make it a bit less tedious, and perhaps it will become an “auto-pilot” thing that we don’t have to think about after the first day or two. We’ll see.

          You are correct that the dials are inside the frame, however I believe they are exposed underneath to be easy to dial with the thumbs.

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          1. NSBD

            >however I believe they are exposed underneath to be easy to dial with the thumbs.

            That would make a big difference. Can’t wait to see what they’ve actually done, and hear others’ experiences, even though the age-group might not be… Did I make it clear I’m kind of excited?

  5. Rolf Taylor

    I’m holding my breath too regarding a single focusing mechanism for both eyes. I had assumed that was what was taking so long that release was re-scheduled/delayed by 6 months.

    I do suspect that at work I could use an intermediate setting and only refocus my dominant eye when looking at product labels and signage.

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  6. Guy Marsden

    I was an early adopter of the Superfocus glasses and went through numerous repairs as they failed in various ways, but I love them because they were the perfect solution to my needs as a myopic electronics engineer who also spends a lot of time outdoors and thus need to focus at different distances frequently. I owned two pairs until they both failed and am now resorting to 3 different pairs of glasses for close work, normal reading, and distance/driving.

    A friend of mine’s brother-in-law was the CFO of Superfocus and I heard the inside story about how and why they were unable to continue with the business. Partly it had to do with venture capitalists being too young to relate to the need for these types of glasses. Also there had been previous optical eyewear projects that had failed dramatically which left investors gun shy. The principals at Superfocus were so deeply committed to their product that it verged on religious mania. Most of the staff went on half salary for the last few months before they finally gave up trying to find sufficient funding to keep the business going. It is a real tragedy that they could not obtain sufficient funding because they would have been profitable within another year or so.

    I appreciate your keeping us informed via your blog and look forward to hearing your impressions of the Addlens.

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  7. Rolf Taylor

    Yeah, once you prove there is truly a market for something someone is going to find a way to make it cheaper and/or more reliable.

    A decent analogy is those expandable hoses the past few years. This year there were updated models from all the manufacturers, but still a very high failure rate ( I work at a hardware store and we’ve taken back a lot of these). But customers like it and in some cases even bought them knowing that a year or two was likely the best case scenario. The market is there and I have no doubt someone will perfect the tech and capture the market. Just like Superfocus. Not a solution to everyone’s needs, but the perfect solution for certain people’s needs.

    Progressives were ok for me until about the third prescription. Each time my distance prescription got changes everything else got worse. The last pair I had I hated and my wife is in a similar situation. We learned about Superfocus back when they were still the original name (True something) and knew we would eventually try it.

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  8. Rolf Taylor

    Adlens Folks

    I just wanted to warn you that Lenscrafters may not work out as the best partner.

    I have twice contacted them via the web form on their web site. The first time, a week or two ago, I did not know that the release had begun. The frames on my progressives had broken and I wanted to know when would release Focuss tech would begin. I also asked and if there was any way I could get a credit toward those if I bought a cheap, temporary, glasses to use in the interim period. The reply wasa completely generic email suggesting I contact my local Lenscrafters store.

    After learning CustomFocuss was available at certain locations (from the owner of this blog) I wrote another email asking for the locations of those stores where currently I can get the CustomFocuss glasses. Once again I got a worthless reply:

    Response Via Email (Erica)
    Hello Rolf,

    Thank you for contacting LensCrafters. I would suggest contacting your local LensCrafters to best determine what lenses are available with your prescription.

    If I can be of any further assistance please email or call 1-877-753-6727 option 6.

    Thank you,
    Erica

    Incidentally, if Adlens or Lenscrafters were to give any preference to former Superfocus users (e.g. priority treatment, credit for turning frames or something else) you would have a very good group of early adopters that would become very loyal.

    I looked at reviews of the two closest Lenscrafters locations and have chosen the one I will go to on Wed. I will report back then.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Wow, good point. You couldn’t ask for a better group of willing early adopters than disenfranchised Superfocus users. I wonder if Adlens might be able to buy the Superfocus customer list and then offer a spiff for trying CustomFocuss. What a great way to get the product off to a fast launch!

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  9. Jay Schneider

    Like other SuperFocus wearers I am hooked on adjustable focus glasses. So, on a recent trip I made a detour to stop by a LensCrafters that had the CustomFocuss glasses. Based on this relatively brief encounter with CustomFocuss I can add a couple of pieces of information to this discussion:

    1. As with the previous AdLens products, the focus is eye-by-eye. You focus one eye, then the other. Unlike Superfocus it is NOT a continuously variable focus. There are three focus settings for each eye: far, middle and close.

    If you are going to one eye at a time, the three discrete focus settings make some sense. If you had to focus one eye at a time with SuperFocus-style continuously adjustable focus, you would have to close one eye, adjust the focus for the other, then repeat the process. With CustomFocuss you flip each dial to one of three positions. They don’t have to be set to the same position. You could have one set for “far” and the other set for “medium” is you can tolerate this and are willing to put up with the loss of depth-perception that this brings.

    But you are not going to get the magical SuperFocus ability to set the EXACT focus that is perfect for a particular task.

    2. Each Lenscrafters store has one frame that has adjustable focus and a bunch of sample frames in different style and colors without it. Be sure that that you try the frames with adjustable focus. They are heavy.

    3. Don’t expect SuperFocus type-optical performance. There IS distortion. I think that this will probably be a bigger problem for ex-Superfocus wearers (who have something to compare CustomFocuss to) than to vastly larger number of people just coming off Progressives.

    4. I assume that AdLens and LensCrafters ARE trying to build on the foundation laid down by SuperFocus. Why else would you pick such a similar-sounding name: SuperFocus – CustomFocuss.

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    1. Vike

      Lower quality optics than SuperFocus would annoy me, though perhaps not as much as going back to progressives. Sounds like reason to wait for now, since my Leonardos are still hanging in there, aside from fluid clouding at low temperatures (I’ve learned to manage that by keeping different glasses handy in the winter; in a pinch I can always pop off the focus module – something else you can’t do with CustomFocuss!). I’ll try to just baby them along until CustomFocuss makes it to wider distribution (nearest location for me now is about 275 mi. away), by which time I hope they will have improved the optical quality.

      One inconsistency that would be good to resolve – NSBD seemed to think that the focus mechanism COULD be adjusted between “steps”, while your admittedly brief encounter led you to believe it CAN’T. If someone could make a point of checking for this specifically and letting us know here, it would be much appreciated.

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      1. administrator Post author

        I should have mine in about a week or so, and I will extend this article accordingly to include a more full review based on actual use. I would not assume inferior optics based on a non-prescription set of fitting frames. All things being equal, I’d expect potentially superior optics than the Superfocus because the multi-lens design appears to be more tightly integrated, but we’ll have to see and my hopes may be dashed. They’ve had a lot of time to perfect the technology that allows for rectangular lenses, so I will be very disappointed if there are optical artifacts from that.

        Regarding the focusing strategy, Adlens has confirmed that the two sides are independently focused. They have said that they are taking account of customer feedback regarding future design changes, but their expectation is that this will not be as big a problem as most of us seem to fear. For my part, I’m keeping an open mind.

        I’ve dropped a big chunk of money on a technology that is unproven on the market and is lacking the benefit of customer reviews. Some would call that nuts, but hopefully you and others will benefit from my findings. Stay tuned.

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      2. administrator Post author

        Update on this question. The focus can be adjusted between the steps. However, the three presets will cover most situations and if you use those you can easily and quickly focus both sides at the same time (with two hands). If you need to hit a more customized spot, you’ll pretty much need to do it one side at a time with one eye closed and then the other. But the presets cover probably 95% of situations.

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  10. HJ

    Hi,
    Just talked to rep at the number given at the top about the 3 focus clicks. He says you can stop anywhere on the dial and it will hold and the clicks are just sounds. My understanding of clicks on a dial is something mechanical is making it stop and sound is a by product of this. I hope he is correct on the focus and that the dial holds the setting between clicks. With the two lenses not connected it will be harder to keep them set the same without using the sounds. I guess you would learn over time what works for you. I wish they could be set together as the slider was pretty easy to incorporate and got to be second nature. I would think you would need both hands free to work the dials and that is not always easy to do when working on stuff.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I’m only speculating until I get my pair for real, but I’m going to guess he meant “tactile” rather than “audible”, i.e. you feel the click stops. The idea is that it should be easy, by feel, to get the two sides synchronized at pre-set positions for near, mid, and far distance. I’m guessing the distances are suitable for reading, computer, and driving, respectively.

      I think the issue with simultaneous control is that with CustomFocuss the two sides are not connected in any way (see image below). This differs from SuperFocus where the focusing module was a completely independent unit from the frame and so a controller wheel or slider could be designed into the bridge to control both sides at the same time. The advantage of the SuperFocus approach is obvious, but it seems to me that there is also a disadvantage in that the entire frame / lens / focusing module combination is not tightly integrated. Some people interpreted this (I think somewhat unfairly) as flimsy or fragile, but worse, the loose integration probably lends itself to optical aberrations and coating / leakage problems. Again this is speculative on my part, but I’m hoping that the CustomFocuss strategy will result in a product that is more cohesive, less prone to failure, and easier to clean. If that’s the case, the tradeoff may be acceptable at least for this initial design.

      Once I have my hands on the real thing, I’ll try to assess the various pros and cons in actual practical use.

      CustomFocuss Split Focusing Modules

      In this image from Adlens, note that there are independent left and right focusing components that are not connected to each other at the bridge. (This picture is slightly misleading in that the focusing modules are integrated behind the frame, not in front of the frame as suggested by the picture. As shown in the image below, the focusing module is tightly integrated behind the frame, and unlike the Superfocus design, it appears to be not intended for removal by the user.)

      CustomFocuss focusing wheel.

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  11. NSBD

    Oh oh. I got them. Honestly, I do not think these are going to be a hit. As others have mentioned and feared, they have separate focusing for each lens, and that probably isn’t going to work for most people during daily use. Yeah, they went rectangular, but there is distortion near the edges, though probably not enough to be a problem, they do have a wide field of view which is nice, but the Superfocus were indeed edge-to-edge. Perhaps the wheels will loosen up, but even if they do it doesn’t seem they will easily move without actually holding the frame. The wheels are definitely inside the frame– they do not protrude beyond the frame. You will have to use thumb and index finger to turn each one. They aren’t going to move with a simple finger-push, and the positioning is awkward. You are also pushing up or down, rather than side-to-side as with Superfocus. That is a big difference. I really hate to say it, but on day one I like the design of my old Superfocus much better where you could just use your thumbnail and easily switch focus on the fly. Granted, I’ve only had them for less than a day, so perhaps this will all change? Not so sure. Maybe too much “advance” too quickly. Feeling sad.

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  12. Larry B

    Thanks a lot for the information. I went through two prescription cycles with Super Focus. In general they were very good and easy to adjust. I experienced leakage with both pairs after about 14 months. The design allowed moisture and dirt to enter between the prescription lens and the focusing module. Hard to clean. I would gladly spend $200 each to fix the leakage problem and continue using them.

    The Adlens product looks like it isn’t quite as refined. How do they keep moisture and dirt out of the inner lens surfaces? Can they be cleaned if they fog up internally?

    The separate adjustments look like a step backwards. I never had synchronization problems with Super Focus single adjuster.

    The frames are more conventional, but many people seemed to be pleased with the John Lenon style of my SF.

    Square lenses are not an improvement if they are out of focus at the edges.

    I am not happy with their marketing. Slow roll out and few outlets. Microsoft did that with Surface. Didn’t buy that either.

    I jumped on Superfocus right away. Glad I did. I’ll sit this one out for a while. Looks like there’s some bad news being held back.

    I really wish Custom Focuss is as good as it could be.

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    1. administrator Post author

      As you mention, the SF design was flawed. Although a big fan of SF, I have to admit that much. They looked awkward and wore awkward. Anecdotal evidence notwithstanding, the John Lennon look is not broadly appealing and thus difficult to expect a high level of market acceptance. There clearly were design flaws resulting in leakage / coating issues, and they were susceptible to dirt /moisture issues. That said, as long as they were working well they offered outstanding visual clarity and generally ease of use. As for synchronization problems, be glad you didn’t experience it. My first focus module was perfect until it leaked (~ 3 months). The replacement module was slightly out of sync and by then the company was out of business. Leakage started after about a month. This is a fatally poor result for an expensive product, and I refuse to look at that history with rose tinted glasses.

      The CF design may also be flawed. The above report that there is some distortion at the edges is concerning and may or may not be a deal breaker. We’ll see. However, I have to disagree that they appear less refined. I have the opposite impression. From what I’ve seen so far, they seem better integrated and thus I think less likely to be a problem for moisture, dirt, and the dropping of the focusing module. As for marketing, the SF marketing was atrocious other than cool advertisements. CF selling through Lenscrafters is a major improvement provided they roll it out more broadly. The improved appeal to a broader market combined with improved access to a broader market suggest a substantial marketing advantage over the SF approach.

      Of course all of that is moot if the glasses do not work well. I hope to find out within the next week.

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  13. David Ramsey

    I was a Superfocus customer for years, and although I loved the product– and the round lenses worked well for me stylistically; I receive occasional positive comments– I’ve never had a pair last as much as a year without failure. I’m sure one problem contributing to the firm’s demise was the very high failure rate in the field. Right now I have a single working pair of the Leonardos (where the focusing mechanism is a separate module, and the prescription lenses are integrated into the frames), and it’s working for now…

    I live in Reno, and the closest Lenscrafters handling the Adlens CustomFocuss product is in Capitola, CA. Fortunately I like to drive, so last week I drove down, was fitted, and ordered a pair (like others, I was never notified that the glasses were available, and the main Adlens web site still says “Coming soon”, sigh).

    I did play with the sample glasses and you can definitely set the wheels in-between click stops; I think the stops help to slightly mitigate the fact that you must adjust each eye separately by allowing you to quickly choose common distance settings. But we’ll see.

    I think the Adlens design, which encapsulates the delicate soft adjustable lenses completely between much sturdier optical plastic, will make the CustomFocuss glasses more reliable that the SuperFocus. I hope, though, that they can come up with a single-control-for-both-eyes version soon.

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  14. NSBD

    Well, after a few days, I think I love them. As with Superfocus any hassle is far out-weighed by that huge, clear field of view.

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    1. administrator Post author

      That’s encouraging. It looks like I’m another week away from getting my pair so I can find out for myself.

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  15. Weedy

    Thanks so much for this info and your reports.

    I’m one of those SF users who ONLY likes round frames (my progressives were the “Lennon” style as well), so unless and until CF offers one, I’m out.

    Plus, it seems to me that separate focus is a complete non-starter. How does one drive? or cook? or do anything other than just read, if one cannot quickly adjust one’s focus?
    That’s the whole point of progressive or adjustable glasses… otherwise, it’s just as quick to change form reading to completely separate distance glasses.

    My initial excitement at the idea of a SF alternative player is fading fast.

    but thanks, again

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    1. administrator Post author

      In my experience so far, there really is no issue for driving. I will have switched focus for distance long before even getting to the car, and that’s the case with either CF or SF. Certainly you don’t normally change focus while driving. For cooking, you’re probably focused at a mid distance setting that lets you read the recipe while also reaching for pots and ingredients, so again it seems like a non-issue.

      The only time the dual focus presents a meaningful inconvenience is a situation where one hand is occupied, e.g., holding a phone, and you need to change focus. With SF the free hand can change the focus of both sides, but with CF you can only change one side. It’s not ideal, but it’s good enough for that moment such as to read something to the person on the phone. It’s much easier than changing glasses, which almost certainly requires putting the phone down to make the swap or even leaving the room to go search for the other glasses. Progressives are easiest of all for this scenario, but if one finds progressives acceptable one would probably not be considering a solution like CF or SF in the first place.

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  16. HJ

    I would like to hear feed back on some points.

    1. How it is to focus between the clicks?
    2. How hard it is to focus both eyes while working?
    3. How much the distortion is in your field of view?
    4. How heavy they are compared to the superfocus?
    5. How much fogging is between the lenses? (coming in a warm house from cold outside)

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    1. administrator Post author

      1. Focusing to the clicks is quick and easy and covers 95% of cases. If you need special focusing between clicks it will take a little more manual effort. Not a big deal, but not as trivial as SuperFocus.
      2. Easy if you stick to the preset clicks. For a quick change, you can change one side only, losing some depth perception but being able to see two distances at once. Okay for a quickie, then back to the standard stop click.
      3. Side to side, essentially no distortion. Looking up, significant distortion at the very top, little to none at the bottom. This could be specific to my set. All in could be better but not bad.
      4. About 40% heavier than SF. They are comfortable but start wearing on you by the end of the day.
      5. I live in San Diego so my chances of getting an effect from abrupt temp change is near zero. Can’t help you there. The only fogging I had with SF was when opening the oven door, but that happens with regular single vision lenses as well.

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  17. NSBD

    1. How it is to focus between the clicks?

    Easy, but it is very minor and you are probably getting into the “one-eye-shut syndrome”. I’d imagine most times you would just use the three clicks.

    2. How hard it is to focus both eyes while working?

    The clicks are necessary, and key to their use. Without them it would be a real pain and lead to “one-eye-shut syndrome”.

    3. How much the distortion is in your field of view?

    There is some distortion right at the frame, particularly the corners, but you really have to be looking right there, so, for all practical purposes, there is no distortion.

    4. How heavy they are compared to the superfocus?

    Well, holding one in each hand seems perhaps a tad heavier, but I can’t really tell a difference. Kind of surprising as the lenses are rather thick.

    5. How much fogging is between the lenses? (coming in a warm house from cold outside)

    lol The infamous fogging between lenses! We have not yet gotten cold enough to know how these will work with that. However, the flexible lenses are fully encased in outer hard lenses.

    I really do not know what possessed them to go with separate focusing for each lens– easily the biggest drawback of them. To be sure, I always thought switching Superfocus was a pain, but worth it because of that big, clear, field of view, and am feeling the same way about these… switching is a pain, but worth it to me ’cause I just see so wonderfully with them. HOWEVER… if you are doing lots of near and far, and thus needing to switch frequently it might not be worth it.

    Good thing they are only doing test markets at first… they seem to be having some bugs with manufacturing and order fulfillment. The first batch, it sounds like, had to be tossed, and I was sent the wrong frame. I would guess that is also why administrator is still waiting for his/her pair…

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  18. HJ

    Thanks for the update. Maybe you can test the fogging by opening up the dishwasher or oven with your face near the door.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I have added the review above with “first impressions” of my new glasses, and side by side comparison photos with SuperFocus.

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  19. NSBD

    >and in any case it is superior to a progressive or multiple single focus model

    That’s really the bottom line, isn’t it? I feel exactly the same way. Just. So. Nice. to have that wide field of clear vision. I don’t think I’ll ever be jaded on that. Such an advance!

    Great review.

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      1. NSBD

        Its already up friend! There really isn’t much to say… adjustable lenses are just superior to progressives. Adlens done good…

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  20. David Bilodeau

    You posted the Focuss “grades” – can you post the original Superfocus “grades” side-by-side with these for comparison?

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    1. administrator Post author

      David, I have added the SuperFocus grades per your request. I tweaked a couple of the original SuperFocus grades to reflect their failures that came to light after the original review.

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  21. David Bilodeau

    In Texas they haven’t made these available in Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston – just San Antonio, El Paso (really?) and Harlingen near Brownsville (REALLY??!?!) – so I wrote them saying “DFW NOW”.

    Maybe they’ll do for me what they did for you, sending some samples to my nearby Lenscrafters.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Well isn’t that special. Perhaps if SuperFocus wins, they can use some of the proceeds to pay back the customers they ripped off by taking their money and not delivering product, or failing to repair or return defective products to their customers, and perhaps some extra damages for having failed to deliver product that could hold up for more than a few months, or for having pulled up stakes overnight running away from their customers without communication or mitigation.

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    2. administrator Post author

      Not sure if SuperFocus can win this. The patent for which they claim infringement is fairly specific to the SuperFocus design.

      For example, “The variable lens described in US Patent Application Publication No. 2008/0084532 includes a rigid lens (referred to as the “rear” lens) spaced away from a distensible membrane, the intervening space being filled with a transparent optical liquid. Both the rigid lens and the membrane are held by spaced rings (which, in the preferred embodiment, are circular). A flexible sealing member in the space between the rings keeps the optical liquid from escaping. The inter-ring spacing at a point near the bridge is varied by an actuator located within the bridge, and the inter-ring spacing at a point substantially opposite said point near the bridge is set by a leaf hinge. If said inter-ring spacing near the bridge is changed, a portion of the optical liquid is displaced . . . thereby forcing the membrane incrementally either to bulge or to recede, and correspondingly increasing or decreasing the optical power of the lens. If the portion of the membrane that is free to bulge/recede is circular, and its boundary is flat, the resulting optical power will be essentially spherical.”

      Note (in the areas emphasized in bold) that they have bound themselves to certain features, including: spacing between components, spaced rings, circular shape, actuator in the bridge, and optical power resulting specifically “if the portion of the membrane that is free to bulge/ recede is circular”. This may explain some of the Adlens design choices for a non-circular invention, an integrated sandwiched solution, and independent actuators at the stems.

      Of course I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV…

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      1. Dave salch

        I deal with a lot of patent work and, this is a tough one. It really depends on the east wording through the claims in the patent. It is customary to say “in this embodiement” and “one way to implement this invention is” in an attempt to cover the idea with a system design to cover specifics. Patent law in America is undergoing huChang huge changchanges and that makes this even more unpredictable, plus the fact we are dealing with a European company. This is what lawyers are made for! In the end, it probably won’t affect anything… Worst case Adlens has to pay royalties to SF which might or might not be enough to allow SF to revive and provide competition. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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    3. NSBD

      You have GOT to be kidding me! After that massive failure? Cut ‘n run without nary a word? Plenty of customers out of money and/or glasses? No wonder they went out of business. ‘Cause whoever actually owns it is truly a decrepit example of scum. Face it Superfocus, you blew it. Don’t get all whiny now ’cause someone else stepped up to the plate! Despicable!

      Adlens, don’t you dare settle with them!

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    4. administrator Post author

      I thought I’d check up on this lawsuit to see what was happening. It seems the parties have mutually agreed to drop the case as of March 11.

      Although the legaleze is enough to make my brain bleed (or put me to sleep), from what I can glean from the preceedings it happened like this. Superfocus filed a lawsuit alleging that Adlens stole their secrets and violated their patents. (Clearly, they included Lenscrafters in the hope of probing deep pockets for cash). Adlens then issued a response where they denied all claims and further alleged that Superfocus did not even have an enforceable patent. Their response reports (convincingly from what I can see) that Superfocus intentionally failed to disclose that their patent application was using technology from a much older patent that (I presume) is expired. Superfocus knew about the previous patent because the inventor is the same person in both cases, thus they intentionally failed to disclose the prior patent. Further, the only distinguishing feature between the old patent and the new one was the actuator in the bridge connecting both lenses, a feature distinctly not used by Adlens. Adlens filed a counterclaim seeking various damages and injunctions, after which both parties agreed to drop the whole thing.

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  22. administrator Post author

    Readers, I’ve now decided (surprisingly and counter intuitively) that I actually prefer the CustomFocuss dual-focusing strategy and I hope they keep it. Find my reasoning in the update at the end of the article, dated 11/19/2014.

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  23. Dennis

    Have had a pair of Vectra Blk Horn/Grey for 2 days. I got mine through Bakersfield, CA. I live in AZ. They sent a pair of frames to AZ to take measurements and CA processed the order. I did pick my frame from the website. I had worn SF for a couple of years, wanted a new look and needed a new prescription. So far, I find I too like the dual adjustments and especially the clicks. If you look close you can see the adjustable lens outline which is smaller than the full lense. But, I notice no distortion when I turn my head. They must have measured correctly as I find no need to fine tune with near, medium or distance. I have already noticed the adjusting is intuitive with CF as was with SF. Lenscrafters customer service wss superb. I am a happy camper.

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  24. NSBD

    >It’s true that separate focusing is a bit of a nuisance, but it’s really quite minor. I have found that focusing with both hands at the same time is simple and intuitive, but I have also found that when one hand is occupied it is quite easy to use the other hand to dial one side to a click stop, then move the hand to dial the other side. Each dial is easy to reach with the thumb in either case.

    Completely agree. Though… I still think I would prefer the synchronized focus. Still, all-in-all, these glasses are just fantastic. I’m in a situation where I really shouldn’t be touching my face at all, (healthcare, with pathogens) and so am using some cheap progressives. Progressives are horrible, just horrible after having used adjustable focus…

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  25. David Ramsey

    Three weeks and counting on mine. The Capitola LensCrafters will call Adlens on Monday to see what the holdup is…in the meantime I’m encouraged by the reports here.

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  26. HJ

    I checked on my order and they just told me my cylinder and axis make me out of range for getting them. I got a refund but a bit unhappy it took 2 weeks to get this news. The same RX was no trouble for Superfocus but I am guessing the sliders that adjust focus make some astigmatisms harder to do than others.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Very unfortunate. I read a comment somewhere that they are working on expanding their Rx range with the next version. I hope that’s true.

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  27. Gene ONeal

    I am another current super focus user and was disappointed to find that I am out of range for the new focuss glasses. I was told they plan to cover my prescription in the next few months. I was shocked that super focus could do my
    prescription and adlens cannot. I hope they will give more consideration to those with astigmatism very soon as I am desperate for new glasses and pleased about individual lens focusing as well.

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  28. John Waller

    I have used SF for 3 years now, and I am spoiled. I hate the idea of going back to progressives, so I am going to have to try these out. One thing I noticed here is a Cultural-Age issue. Everyone is calling the circular frames, “John Lennon” frames. I have had only positive comments on both of my SF frames, but out here in the real 🙂 world they are called “Harry Potter” frames. Everyone thinks I am a Harry Potter fan, even though I have not read the books nor seen the movies 🙂 What surprises me is the location of their test stores. You would expect them in the big cities, but here in California they are in the second or third tier cities like Fresno, Bakersfield, Santa Cruz (Capitola) not LA, or SF, very curious……

    Anyway thanks for all the reviews and info

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  29. David Ramsey

    Well, no joy so far. This Friday will mark a month since I ordered my glasses. The Capitola Lenscrafters claim to have sent emails asking what the hold up was but have gotten no response. Perhaps I will learn more next week; as is, I’m not terribly impressed with Adlens’ customer service.

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    1. David Ramsey

      Lenscrafters says my glasses shipped from England last Thursday (no Thanksgiving over the pond, of course), so hopefully I will have them soon.

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      1. David Ramsey

        5 weeks out and nothing yet. I did get a phone call at home from Adlens (not Lenscrafters) Monday of this week apologizing for the delay and saying they would overnight the glasses to Capitola or me (my choice) once they cleared customs (it wasn’t clear if they were in the country or not; I should have asked). I elected to have them sent to Capitola.

        Sadly as of late this afternoon the Capitola store has yet to receive them. They seemed a little miffed themselves, claiming Adlens said that they would typically receive the glasses in 14 days. So 35 days (and counting) is a bit of a slip.

        I’m their first paying customer but they had had several others. The Adlens display is large and centrally located in the store, so they seem committed. I hope Adlens gets their shipping problems straightened out…

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        1. David Ramsey

          Well, Lencrafters this morning said that Adlens repeated their promise to overnight the glasses when they hit the Colonies, which is now anticipated to be…Wednesday of next week, i.e. December 17.

          So five weeks after the original order, I should have the glasses in the 10 days promised on the web site.

          I am trying to be patient but if they’re not in by the end of next week I will cancel my order, ask for a refund, and try again in a few months.

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          1. administrator Post author

            Strange. Maybe they are having trouble with your Rx for some reason. I got both my original pair and my replacement pair in roughly a 10 business day turnaround plus shipping time.

  30. BJ Nicholls

    I found Superfocus glasses heavy and they easily slipped down my nose unless I changed from dual nose pads to the unified pad that bridges across the nose. Do these glasses have that option? They sound like they really need it as heavy as they are.

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    1. administrator Post author

      So far as I know, there is no unified bridge pad option. However, my experience is that CustomFocuss presents less slippage than SuperFocus. I’m not a mechanical engineer, but my guess is that the problem with SF had to do with flimsier hinge/stem assembly. Out of the box, CF fit snugly to my head and nose and did not want to budge at all. I actually had to adjust the nosepads to be a little less snug, so now they slip a little but are more comfortable.

      I suspect this issue will be very specific to an individual’s nose and head size and shape, and skin texture. As such, there is probably no single correct answer.

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  31. Dave salch

    I have a pair on order through Capitola mall, due in any day, and are also a previous SF owner. I was told there are already 2 improvements planned. One in q1 2015 and one in q3 2015. One of these will address range of correction possible and the other will address weight. I ended up slightly shorting my prescription to fit within current limits. It was a decision between myself and the Dr weighing all the options. They claim no nose bridge in the works because of design issues, but also claim it wouldn’t help but hurt. Hard to say if I believe that one, but ok. Overall I am excited. My needs are specific, I am part time computer work, part time outdoor farmer in very dirty, dusty environments. Truth is, good as SF is, they are flimsy and tough to care for. 4 surfaces to keep clean is a tragedy! Constantly bumping them out of adjustment is maddening, but yet I love SF and hope to even more love CF!

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    1. David Ramsey

      Yeah, let us know how that “due in any day” thing works out. The web site says you’ll receive them in 10 days. For me, it’s been a little longer…

      While I’m on the subject, I wonder who’s maintaining the main Adlens web site? On the SAME PAGE (https://www.adlens.com/product/adlensfocuss-kinetic/) you’re told that AdlensFocuss glasses are “Coming Soon”, “Currently unavailable- Please check back soon”, and “Now available exclusively at select LensCrafters® stores in the US!”. The popup menu to select frame color shows all colors as “Out of stock”.

      There’s no link to follow to the dedicated web site for these glasses (http://customfocuss.com), or a list of participating LensCrafters dealers, sigh. Finding the customfocuss web site is a matter of luck, since it will not turn up with a Google search of “Adlens focuss”. (And is the product name “Adlens Focuss” or “Adlens Customfocuss”? Does Adlens have ANY MARKETING PEOPLE AT ALL?)

      It’s as if Adlens wants this product to fail, or perhaps it’s that we must go on a quest, as if to prove ourselves worthy. I’m sure I’ll love the product if I ever get it, but damn.

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  32. Anna Carlgren

    Due to astigmatism I cannot use AdLens, mu old SuperFocus pair has got scratches on the variable focus part on the side facing the eyes. Does anyone know how to safely remove the protective coating on that side?

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  33. Christie Barker

    Does anyone know about this notice found on LensCrafters website. I purchased a pair for myself when I tried to send the link to a friend I saw this instead:
    CustomFoccus No Longer Available
    Oh no! It looks like you’re searching for a CustomFocuss product that LensCrafters no longer carries. We’re sorry you can’t find it here, but if you need adjustments to your CustomFocuss eyewear, just stop by your local LensCrafters store and they’ll be happy to help. If you’d like to buy a pair of CustomFocuss, give the manufacturer a call directly. Call Adlens at 617-721-1689. Thanks for visiting us!

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    1. David Ramsey

      Yeah, that looks worrying. If you click on “Where to get them” at the customfocuss.com web site, it now says “Coming soon to an optician near you”, rather than listing LensCrafters locations.

      The bottom of the web page still says “CUSTOMFOCUSS™ is exclusively available from LensCrafters.”, but as we’ve seen, Adlens is no stranger to inconsistent web pages…

      I’m starting to think I’m never going to see mine…

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  34. David Ramsey

    OK, I just got off the phone with Adlens Global Customer Excellence Manager David Hunt. Yes, their relationship with Lenscrafters has ended, but according to him it was always intended as a trial run with a definite end date. It seems odd to me to close things down like this, before the Capitola store has delivered a single pair of glasses, but there you go.

    David said that the marketing test had been a tremendous success with orders that exceeded their expectations. According to him, Adlens will be ramping up their production facilities and will start taking orders again in March-April 2015…which I assume means that they’re not taking any more orders now.

    Oh, and my glasses? Shipped from England today! Honest! Should have them in my hands next week! Really!

    I do appreciate Mr. Hunt’s personal contact, but as a customer, it’s been very frustrating as the promised ship dates come and go…and now even if I like the glasses it will likely be 6 months or more before I can order a spare pair. Sigh.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I asked David Hunt to provide a formal statement on the Adlens plans for their next phase. He provided that and I have added it as an update at the end of the review, up above the comment section.

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    2. David Ramsey

      Well, I finally have my pair of CustomFocuss Kinetics. It’s only been a day, but so far I’m very pleased.

      The optical quality seems as good as or perhaps slightly better than the SuperFocus glasses (I still have one pair of functional Leonardos). The focussing portion of the lenses is slightly smaller than the lenses are, with a non-focussing boundary of perhaps 2-4mm around the top and sides (the focussing area appears to extend to the bottom of the lenses, with no gap).

      The focus wheels seem a little stiff, and the middle-click isn’t _quite_ perfect for my computer use, but I’m getting good at making that last final tweak.

      The glasses are noticeably heavier than the SuperFocus glasses, but I suppose that’s the price to be paid for the larger lenses and encapsulated construction. Speaking of which, said construction is my favorite feature: I don’t have to worry about damaging or scratching the soft plastic inner lens surface, or cleaning four surfaces per eye.

      I suspect I’ll be ordering a backup pair when they become available again, hopefully in spring 2015.

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      1. administrator Post author

        Glad your long wait is over. Regarding the weight, for me it was a lot better after I gently adjusted the eyepads to be a little less tight.

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        1. David Ramsey

          One interesting thing I didn’t mention was when I asked David Hunt if I could order another pair if I liked the current pair, he admitted that that wouldn’t be possible until spring, but added that I would “be glad I waited”, hinting at new features that would be available.

          So there’s that…

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  35. Dave salch

    I am pleased to report that my CustomFocuss glasses arrived last Friday, the same day my son was born! Many thanks to David hunt for helping with final delivery. Due to the business and excitement of the birth only hours later, I didn’t get much time with the glasses yet. In fact the weekend was a bit of a confusing time. I had changed the prescription to fit within allowable parameters and unfortunately changed one eye to have no astigmatism correction, the other to have lower power but with astigmatism. At first that was…. Weird! I doubted the glasses themselves, but after time to consider what I was experiencing it makes sense. Interesting tradeoffs! But overall, very pleased with these over superfocus. Better design, sturdy, encapsulated, solid, and comfortable, even with the extra weight. Amazingly, I find myself focusing much less often. Not sure why. It’s as though the need to adjust focus is less than the superfocus. This week will be my real test, but for now, very impressed!

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    1. David Ramsey

      I have noticed the same thing about needing to adjust the focus less often. It’s kinda mysterious, since that implies greater depth-of-field, and since these glasses have no aperture, depth of field is something controlled solely by your pupil.

      My _guess_ is that we’re seeing the effect of the broader field of view these glasses have compared to SuperFocus. But it’s just a guess.

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        1. administrator Post author

          Same company, different glasses. The ad you saw were for the “Adlens Adjustables”. It is very different in form, function, and mechanics than Focuss / Customfocuss glasses. I suspect they would be fine in a pinch, but the optical field is narrow and surrounded by distortion (a result of the “Alvarez” mechanics). Further, these are not prescription glasses that will adjust for astigmatism. A closer mechanical match would be their “John Lennon” collection which is priced around $50 and uses liquid-filled focus mechanics. Again, these are not prescription glasses. Further, by design they are intended to be set at one and only one focal point by a one time self adjustment.

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  36. Gene ONeal

    Any word on more options for those with astigmatism and focuss? A patiently waiting previous Superfocus user.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I don’t have any new information. All I know is that Adlens closed out the trial program and say they are planning a big launch sometime in the Spring. It has been suggested that the next version will have improvements in prescription range. You may want to contact David Hunt at Adlens to see if he can give specific answers: 888-459-9793.

      Incidentally, I’ve now been wearing my Focuss glasses more or less nonstop for three months, and I’m still very happy with them. I think my original assessment remains accurate, and the glasses have held up better than Superfocus did for a similar time period. The hinges have stayed nice and tight, there is no leakage problem, and they are a lot easier to keep clean. The dual focus has benefits but is a bit of a nuisance, and they’re just a tad too heavy. Otherwise, great.

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  37. Gene ONeal

    I did email David Hunt last week but he has not responded back to me. That probably means no new axis available yet. I sure hope they hurry up and start production again. My superfocus glasses are on their last legs. (scratches on the coating) It is amazing they are still working after 4 years!

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  38. John Waller

    Have you seen this website: “http://customfocuss.com/” ?? According to it, “Coming June 2015 to an optometrist near you.” So, whether it is accurate, at least there is a target date. Getting antsy for them, nay, desperate.

    John Waller

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  39. John Waller

    Regrettably, this shows how little people knew about SuperFocus as they thought the Adlens design was the first.

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  40. John Waller

    Well, there is some movement, finally, but not complete. The AdLens “where to find” page has changed, http://customfocuss.com/where-to-get-them/ . It displays a map and says to enter your Zip code to locate the nearest dealer, however there is not entry box to enter the zip code :(, yet. They are launching on the 1st of June, and this is the 1st of June so it is no surprise that the is incomplete. Hopefully it will be in better shape by tomorrow. Also, no surprise, it is a rolling launch rather than suddenly appearing in every location at once.

    Now that some of you have had these glasses for 6 months, how do you like them now?

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    1. administrator Post author

      I will give you a quick answer. Now in my seventh month, I’m still very happy with them. They have already outlasted my SuperFocus which failed twice in just a few months by which time the company went out of business.

      My original opinions on Focuss still pretty much are intact. They are very stable, well constructed, and easy to clean. I have had no trouble with the focusing mechanism despite the minor inconvenience of independent focusing. On the downside, they are a bit heavier and thicker than I would like.

      About the only comment I have beyond the original review is that I continue to use single focus glasses for certain circumstances. Occasionally for reading I use single focus readers (if they happen to be handy) because they have a slight magnification that I don’t get with Focuss, and I just find that easier. For playing computer games I use my single focus distance glasses because they are super thin and lightweight, and so easier to use in combination with headphones with less pressure on my nose.

      The optics could be better – I’m not going to lie. But it’s very functional overall and Focuss are my go-to glasses for everyday use for computer, reading, driving, and pretty much everything. I have been using them essentially every day, all day, for almost seven months now, and I find them way better than progressives without question.

      I am really looking forward to seeing what Adlens will offer in the second generation. If they can make them a bit lighter and refine the optics a little, that will be wonderful.

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        1. administrator Post author

          I can’t answer in any technical sense as I lack the qualifications. I can only answer as a user making lay-person observations.

          I would put the shortcomings in two categories: distortion and clarity.

          Distortion: as described in the review (and illustrated with photos) there is image distortion at the periphery near the boundary of the focus zone. This is in contrast to SuperFocus which was completely undistorted. Focuss has the “disadvantage” of not being round like SuperFocus. Accommodation must be made to achieve a variable focus zone in a non-round frame, and this distortion is the result. In practice this is really not a big deal because in normal viewing you are looking through the undistorted region. The distortions are much less noticeable and annoying than what you experience with bifocals or progressives.

          Clarity: There is nothing that can compare to an optically perfect glass lens such as in a camera, telescope, and ordinary glasses. With Focuss variable optics, another element is introduced, sandwiched between two rigid components. This internal element is not rigid and perhaps cannot be as optically perfect. If viewed “out of focus” or at a distance held up to the light, some slight rippling can be seen on the surface of this element. Now, for the most part you don’t notice this with the glasses on and while focused on your target, but I believe there is some slight optical degradation. After all, rather than looking through a single, thin glass lens as in single vision glasses, you are looking through three components sandwiched together.

          I can’t put any numbers on it. If I had optical testing equipment, I have no doubt that there would be a measurable optical distinction between Focuss and single vision glasses. I also have little doubt that Adlens is perfectly aware of the characteristics of their product and will continue to refine and improve the technology over time.

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  41. John Waller

    Even if they do not, I will be happy. Now, that the official launch date is here, they are a little slow, other than acknowledging that they are coming. My Superfocus lenses are still fine, except the thin film on the lens, is scratched or something so they are slightly blurry. At least for closeups. Thanks for the update. I have waited a long time for this day, and now it looks like a few more weeks, if I am lucky 🙂

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    1. administrator Post author

      John, I see that the “Where to get them” page now has some actual locations pinned on the map. Looks like only a couple dozen at this time, widely scattered. Hopefully one is near you, or perhaps you can call in and order direct.

      http://adlensfocuss.com/where-to-get-them/

      I note that Lenscrafters is not currently included. Pure guess on my part, but probably Lenscrafters is waiting for the Superfocus lawsuit to go away before signing on board.

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  42. John Waller

    Egads, there are two web pages for this info. The one I was reading did not have any locations listed. The web page you gave me has at least to within about a 3 hour drive of my home. I will call one tomorrow and see whether I should come down initially with my prescription. If so, then I will go down, then go down again for the fitting 🙂 So, crossing my fingers, happy days are here again 🙂 There are several others that would require an overnight trip. (Too old to do some in one day…) One is just down the road from Disneyland 🙂

    Thanks for the new web page.

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    1. administrator Post author

      This is a question best directed to Adlens. I don’t think they’ve announced specifications for the pending new release, but the test run has the following specs:

      Range: -6D to +3.5D.
      Cylinder up to -2D
      Adjustable: Maximum add of +2.5D

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  43. administrator Post author

    I’m hoping to have some details on the changes to the new release in the next couple of days, at which time I will post it here.

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  44. administrator Post author

    I have the following update from David Hunt at Adlens:

    “We are very happy to announce the official release of AdlensFocuss™. While the design, functionality and frame styles are the same as our CustomFocuss™ test, small changes in materials were made in the product to improve overall patient satisfaction. The most significant improvement is a manufacturing line expansion to meet patient demand.

    “We plan to have 150 Eye Care Practices all over the nation dispensing AdlensFocuss by the end of 2015. Each week new optical professionals will be listed on http://www.AdlensFocuss.com

    “Currently, we are targeting major metropolitan regions of the country like Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Chicago. However interested patients who are outside of the available regions can order directly from our Boston office. The toll free number is 1-888-459-9793 and 1-617-721-1689 is David Hunt’s number for after hours and weekends.”

    Mr. Hunt also explained that among the changes AdlensFocuss is now able to accommodate a wider range of prescriptions, as they “are now able to surface (or glaze) the eyewear to ANY axis for Cylinder up to -2.00”.

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  45. John Waller

    Well, it looks like some of the dealers have been dropped, or the map has not been updated correctly. One I talked to, in Oxnard, CA, is no longer listed on the map. Will have to wait til Monday to see whether they are no longer a dealer. At the time I called them, they would not be able to take an order til July because of the training that was needed. At 2.5 hours, Oxnard was the closest dealer, so we will see.

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  46. Miriam

    Just spoke to The Optical House in Wakefield, MA. and they are carrying CustomFocuss. They will let me know about the power range.

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  47. Joyce

    Miriam: I ordered my Custom Focuss yesterday via the Boston HQ (no local distributor in DC or close by). I was told it would be 21 business days until I receive them. Once they arrive, I will have a Super Focus Leonardo focus mechanism available if you still need it. I am assuming the administrator can provide you with my email.

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  48. Joyce

    Miriam: I received my back up pair of progressives on Friday. At $1250 I can’t afford two pair of Cfustom Focuss at one time. It has been 7 years since I last wore progressives, and I hate them! What a pain, but they will get me by in a pinch. If the administrator would be kind enough you provide you with my email, I would be glad to ship you the Leonardo focusing mechanism.

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  49. John Waller

    Well, last Tuesday, june 29th,I ordered Custom Focuss, with the transitions lens. I know I could have done it all by mail as I had done with Superfocus, but I chose to take a 3hr drive to get to the closest dealer:) I needed to get out for a long drive, plus I had a chance to see and try out a pair of glasses. Most of their frames were none functional, simply to show the styles. But, they had one pair of functional glasses, so I could get a feel for the way work before buying. They should be arriving anywhere from July 14th to the 21st. What is interesting is that the optometrist was invited to be a part of some board for Custom Focuss. He was amazed that someone would drive so far to get these glasses.

    So, now, the clock and the calendar are ticking away.

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  50. HJ

    Tell him there are others that will drive that far or more, not to have 3 sets of bifocals to do the same job.

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  51. Sharon

    I just talked to David Hunt at the Boston Office. I also have Super focus glasses and love them but mine are getting scratched up and that will begin to interfere with my vision soon. I was concerned about the fit of the glasses also from the pictures shown on the website I find it hard to tell the difference between the frames but I am sure there is one once they are on your face!! They have a kit that they can send you for $99 which will allow you to take a look at each style and try them on. It includes a return label so you can send the kit back and either receive a refund or a $99 credit towards the cost of the glasses. I ordered the kit which should be here next week. I am pretty excited. I also asked about the weight and was told that the average weight of the glasses is 1.58 oz, if in your prescription the negative figure is a -5 or above (below?) it adds to the weight, I weighed my Super focus glasses and they weigh 1.35 oz so the weight will be going up a bit but not as much as I feared.

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  52. HJ

    As far as I can tell from the photos it looks like the bridge/brow area is the only stylistic difference. I wish they would give full dimensions on the site. But I am guessing the lenses are a standard size/shape to keep the manufacturing the same.

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    1. administrator Post author

      They are very similar in style but do look significantly different when worn. Last year I had tried on three different styles. The following is extracted from the above article, which may help:

      “Here are my first impressions of the frames. Adlens has four frame designs, called Kinetic, Quantum, Flux, and Vectra. Each of these are available in a variety of color combinations (front/ side color and interior color). At first glance on their web site, they all look identical. With closer examination we can see minor cosmetic variations primarily in the bridge and temples. My feeling is that each of these frames accept the same exact lens / focus module. This is a logical cost containment strategy, but as a result the frame variation is somewhat limited when viewed on a web page. The reality is a bit different, as each of the frames did have a distinctive look when actually worn.”

      “[There] were one each of Kinetic, Quantum, and Vectra. The Quantum frame is too boxy for my taste and seemed visually bulky. The Vectra frame was too wide for my face. I selected the Kinetic, which was clearly the best fit of the three for my head shape. I’m sorry to be so vague, but the important lesson learned here is that you cannot tell from the web page how different they are, and really must try them on in the store to make an informed selection.”

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  53. Sharon

    I just received a shipping notice that says the kit I ordered will be here on 7/18. I am really glad that I ordered it now after the administrator’s comments about how different they styles looked when tried on. I will let you all know the results when I receive the kit.

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  54. John Waller

    By driving so far to try them out I could see differences between the styles. The Kinetic frames are the only non-glossy frames, the other styles are very glossy which I do not care for. The other frames also tend to have a striped pattern to the colors, kind of like very mild tiger strips.. I picked the Kinetic style, anywhere fro 2 days to a week or so to go. I am really looking forward to them, my Super Focus lens are streaked now, so close up use is foggy. Also the magnetic connection is “getting” weaker, it is very easy for the frames to fall apart now. I do not know if the magnets can get weaker, or whether enough dirt has accumulated so I am really looking forward to these new ones 🙂 I also added the transition lenses as lately I have been having an issue of bright light.

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    1. Miriam

      Hi John,

      My Superfocus frames were starting to fall apart too. I found a very good solution: those small rubber bands for braces. Thread them along the side pieces, stretch them around the lenses, and they land right where the magnets are, holding the focusing mechanism nice and tight to the frame. Replace them every week as they do wear out. You can buy a bag of them cheap on Amazon.

      Miriam

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  55. John Waller

    Well, I was supposed to get my lenses about now, but I was just informed that they have made a change in their manufacturing, so I have to wait another 2 weeks. Sigh….

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  56. Joyce

    I ordered my glasses in mid-June, was told 3 weeks until delivery. That came and went. Am now being told “sometime in August.” Apparently they can’t track the status of a US order number in their Oxford facility. That doesn’t make sense to me. Communications with Adlens about my order status wasn’t good once the order was placed. I have cancelled my order and will be receiving a refund. Maybe their processes will be better defined with the next generation.

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  57. Miriam

    Hi folks,

    I am still in the market for your old SuperFocus frames and focusing mechanisms, any style. The site administrator can give you my email address if you have any to sell. Need to keep my SuperFocus collection going until Adlens increases its power range.

    Miriam

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  58. Perry Brill

    Hi all,
    I am an Adlens Focuss dealer in the Kansas City metropolitan area. I have had great success with the product and would highly recommend it to all. I frequently talk to the corporate representatives and they deliver great customer service and answers. As of now, they have finished making all the pre-orders and are running a smooth operation in the UK laboratory. The ordering process is seamless and you will be very delighted by the quality.
    If anyone needs any information about Focuss, feel free to contact me at my office. The phone number at Brill Eye Center is 913-432-7676.
    If you are in the Midwest region, I would be happy to fulfill your Adlens Focuss orders and ship them to you if needed.
    Hope I can help anyone in need.
    Thanks,
    Perry Brill

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  59. Dr. Mark Page

    Greeting everyone,
    We are now offering the latest and greatest in eyewear technology in Arizona!
    We would love to help take care of you and your family. The new Adlens is a huge relief for patients that have not been able to adapt to progressive lenses. They are also great for people that have to spend a lot of time on a computer or multiple computer screens. The new technology hotline at Arizona’s Vision is (480) 568-5574. I look forward to meeting you and helping with all of your eye care needs. Come to Arizona’s Vision and see what you’ve been missing!
    Best Regards,
    Dr. Mark Page

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  60. Bev Horn

    I am an Adlens Focuss (now called Allfield) wearer and have been for almost 2 years. I got them at Brill Eyecare in Kansas City. Actually drove 3 hours to get there. They are AMAZING! I had RK surgery years ago and nothing outside of 10 pairs of glasses with different prescriptions worked for me. I am a +5 in the morning and about a +.25 at night.

    But now with Allfield (Adlens Focuss) as my vision changes throughout the day, I can dial in what I need to see up close, distance etc… whenever, whatever distance I’m looking at.
    These literally replaced 7 pairs of glasses for me. If you have had RK surgery or know of anyone that has, you absolutely will want to look into these. Regrets on RK but SO glad these are available!

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