Update: Adlens Focuss / CustomFocuss in Production

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

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

Most of what was detailed in the previous review remains unchanged. Focuss remains a great product with essentially the same design, features, and limitations of the test run. However, there are some differences worth mentioning, which I would summarize as: sharper optics, lighter weight, and a more refined finish.

    • ScreenShot1250Sharper optics: The key feature of Focuss is a “focus zone” which consists of a variable membrane embedded within a lens sandwich, offering the ability to focus the glasses at different distances. This focus zone is tighter in the production glasses than in the test run glasses. This is a very difficult thing to quantify without access to optical measuring equipment, or to show photographically because the zone is necessarily transparent, however I had previously noted that the test run glasses had a slight rippling or texture that was (just barely) noticeable in certain conditions of lighting and focus and detracted from the overall optical sharpness. Happily that is no longer the case as the focus zone on my production pair is clear and smooth. Also, the edges of the zone appear to be sharper resulting in less distortion at the periphery. This can be seen in the image to the right which shows a comparison of the test run glasses versus the production run glasses. For this photograph, both glasses have been elevated above gridline paper to the same height and both have focus wheels zoomed in as far as possible to maximize any distortions. Click on the image to enlarge to full size where you will be able to see the greater distortions present in the test run glasses.

 

    • Lighter weight: I hesitate to mention this issue because the difference is negligible, but I do so for completeness. The test run glasses weigh in at 55 grams / 1.98 ounces. The production run glasses weigh in with one fewer gram: 54 grams / 1.93 ounces. Admittedly this is not a big difference but every little bit helps. I’ve been wearing these glasses daily for eight months and find them generally comfortable (once the nose buds are properly adjusted) but there is no question that they are considerably heavier than conventional glasses. As such, any relief in this area is greatly appreciated.

 

    • ScreenShot1254More refined finish: The test run glasses were very solidly constructed and held up very well for me despite my having accidentally drop-kicked them across a concrete floor (an action that would have completely destroyed the now-defunct SuperFocus glasses). That said, the fit and finish were a little rough around the edges, belying a custom manufacturing process with room for evolution. In the picture to the right (again, click to enlarge), the finish is rough on the test run, but much smoother on the production run. In practice, this is not visible when worn because it’s on the inner side of the frames, but it does speak to the state of manufacturing.ScreenShot1256 Also in detail it can be seen that the frame itself is slightly more refined which probably accounts for the slight weight drop. Further, the test run frames had internal components of the structure clearly visible through the frames and this is no longer the case. Without disassembling the frame I can’t tell what these components are, but certainly the production run has a cleaner look.

There remain open questions about the AdlensFocuss product and the plans of the company moving forward. I’ve submitted some of my questions to them and hope to have a response. If I receive one I will share it in this space. In the meantime, AdlensFocuss is a great product and I have no hesitation in using it or recommending that others consider it as a superior alternative to progressive eyeglasses.

Update 7/20/2015: Q&A with Adlens

David Hunt from Adlens was kind enough to answer a few questions I had put to him based on some of the conversations I’ve had with current and potential users of the AdlensFocuss product. I will share those questions and answers below.

CPS: Your distribution model is a little confusing. The adlensfocuss.com web site  shows about 25 optometrists offering Focuss in only about a half dozen regional areas across the country. Wide availability is obviously key to the success of the product, so what are your plans for expanding this network among independent optometrists so that it reaches a critical mass, and what are your direct sale plans to support “out of area” customers while the broader network is being built?

Adlens: For 2015 we have a rollout plan for eye care practices that staggers their implementation/training each month.  By the end of 2015 AdlensFocuss will be widely available in several major metropolitan areas.  While we encourage a personal interaction with an AdlensFocuss™ certified optical professional we understand that patients who live in more rural areas will need support as well.  We are happy to discuss options for these patients at 1-888-459-9793.  

CPS: Your partner during the test phase was LensCrafters but they are notably absent from your current network. Visibility of the product will be massively different without LensCrafters’ expansive network included in the mix. Can we expect LensCrafters to become an official distributor and if so, when do you expect that will happen?

Adlens: We are very proud of our relationship with LensCrafters.  While there are no immediate plans for 2015 to expand the product line with LensCrafters we do look forward to countless possibilities for AdlensFocuss in the future. 

CPS: Presumably your partner optometrists have some control over pricing. What is your current MSRP?

Adlens: Our current MSRP is $999, however direct pricing with the Boston office is currently $1250.00.   

CPS: Your web site does not appear to address the issue of warranty, yet as an expensive, high-end optical product some kind of warranty plan would seem appropriate to provide some peace of mind in the buyer. What warranty do you officially offer?

Adlens: AdlensFocuss has one year warranty for all manufacturer’s defects.   

CPS: Beyond manufacturing / design warranty, what solutions do you offer or plan to offer regarding situations where repairs are needed either from normal product wear or accidental damage?

Adlens: Most repairs will be made by the eye care practice or the Boston office.  For anything beyond a repair a remake order will be placed.  

CPS: Do you have any plans to offer multi-pair discounts, such as offering a second pair of an identical prescription ordered at the same time, at a significant discount?

Adlens: I am sure that some of the eye care practices will have special deals and offers now and in the future. 

CPS: What plans do you have for marketing the product? Will it be advertised in the US?

Adlens: There are multiple plans in action to advertise the product in 2015.  Just to name one, if you are in Times Square we have a recurring piece on a massive video billboard.

 

CPS: What are your expectations regarding broadening the range of prescriptions that can be covered?

Adlens: AdlensFocuss can be produced for anyone who currently falls within -6.00D and +4.00D (Sphere) and up to -2.00D in Cylinder with all Axis available.  Also, the maximum add power is +2.50D.  This covers a wide range of patients, but we will constantly strive to improve on these parameters.   

CPS: Are there any plans for offering a different size or shape lens?

Adlens: Yes, anything is possible with AdlensFocuss.

CPS: Do you anticipate being able to offer a thinner, lighter frame in the future?

Adlens: Yes

CPS: Although the dual-focus system works very well, there are some early users who have expressed an interest in a single focus dial for both lenses. Is that likely to become an option in the future?

Adlens: I don’t want to rule anything out, but AdlensFocuss will continue to evolve and diversify based on patient feedback. 

CPS: Is there anything else in the future plans of the product line that you’d like to share with our readers?

Adlens: Just a very sincere THANK YOU for your interest in Adlens and Variable Power Optics™.   We are available in the Boston office at 1-888-459-9793 for anything you may need. 

 

55 thoughts on “Update: Adlens Focuss / CustomFocuss in Production

  1. Sharon

    Thank you for this review. I have just received my try-on kit which has a sample of each of the styles. I have been trying to decide which style will work for me. Narrowing it down now. I am glad that you still like the glasses. They are pretty klunky but I will get used to them.

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  2. Sharon

    I have had the kit sent to me by Adlens that has let me try on all four styles. All the frames in the kit come with a lenses but only one layer so the actual weight will be higher when my actual glasses come. I am really happy that I was not able to go someplace and just try them on and make a fast decision. Here are some of the things that I found. I weighed the glasses and the Quantum weighed 1.35 oz and the rest of the frames weighed 1.15 oz.

    The following things that I found out may be different for you, probably depends on your facial structure. I wore the various styles doing chores around the house, working on the computer and just walking around to see how they felt and comparing them to the ones I currently am wearing – the SuperFocus Leonardo glasses.

    The Vectra will work best for slender noses – mine is just too wide to be comfortable in this style.

    Both the Flux and the Vectra sat up high and so I did not have as much vision when I looked down as I do now. It was disconcerting and somewhat disorienting. The Flux worked just find on the computer but for housework and walking it did not give me enough corrected vision area.

    The Quantum and the Kinetic were very similar in the vision area that they had for me. I could comfortably do all the things I tested them on and their vision area when looking down was similar to the Leonardo.

    As someone said earlier, the frames are very obviously there, on all styles they are quite thick in terms of being aware of them visually. All the styles are the same rectangle so as I see it the choice is how comfortably they sit on your face and allow you to see.

    I think I will be getting the Kinetic since the Quantum is heavier.

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  3. Harpal

    Hi all! Could someone who owns a pair of these please tell me the dimensions of the spectacles? I am very interested in purchasing a pair as soon as they are for sale in country 😀

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    1. administrator Post author

      My pair, which is the Kinetic design, measures approximately 5.5″ from temple to temple and 1.4″ high. The lenses are approximately 2″ x 1.25″ at maximum width and height. The stem length is approximately 6.25″.

      The measurements for other styles may be a little bit different although I expect the lens component is the same.

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  4. administrator Post author

    Adlens was kind enough to answer some questions I put to them. The Q&A session can be found up above this comment section.

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  5. Sharon

    I just ordered my AdlensFocuss glasses today. I was told that there have been so many orders that they are backed up and that they expect that it will be a month or more before my glasses will be ready. Good thing that my current glasses are not too badly scratched. Glad that I ordered now instead of waiting. Guess they have been inundated with orders from SuperFocus people.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I guess these are the inconveniences we early adopters must bear! Please report back with your impressions once you get the glasses.

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    2. tkj tkj

      I find that truly hard to believe!~~~!!! Priced from $999 to $1250 for eyeglasses that perform significantly less well than Physician/Optomitrist provided devices that cost fractions of these prices … and where the Adlens product is suggested as an ’emergency’/’temporary’ solution to ‘lost glasses’ etc .. It’s just not believable.

      Yet hard data, of course, would be needed to refute the figure: Eg, is there only one worker and it takes 2 weeks to put to gether an order .. that’s certainly ‘overburdened’ !!!!!!
      Notte that Adlens sells similar products for UNDER $30 USD …

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      1. administrator Post author

        The reason you find it hard to believe, tkj, is that you don’t know what you’re talking about. The Focuss glasses are not to be confused with $30 Adlens products. They are not “similar” products and please do not spread such misinformation.

          The technology is completely different. The low end Adlens products are NOT prescription lenses and are marketed only as an emergency solution. There is no optical correction, only a fairly crude variable focus mechanism. By contrast, the Focuss line is a high quality optical instrument with sophisticated variable focus and precision prescription capability, intended for everyday use not emergency use.

          I will readily agree that the pricing is too high and will prevent this great product from becoming mainstream as it deserves, but you are just wrong when you confuse the Focuss line with the cheap emergency glasses line. Then again, virtually all prescription retail glasses are grossly overpriced, the result of the Luxottica stranglehold on the industry. If you want a high quality pair of prescription glasses at a low price, I’d suggest one of the online services. I’m partial to Zenni Optical which makes really excellent prescription glasses for as little as $6.95 a pair including frames and lenses (that is not a misprint). You only have to upload your prescription and wait a couple of weeks. Check it out at http://www.zennioptical.com/. Of course, these are not variable focus glasses like Focuss, but at those prices you can buy about 150 pair!

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  6. Sharon

    When you received your glasses you must have had to have them adjusted. Who did you go to and did they do a good job? I just asked about that and this is what they said.

    Because of the module that is housed in the front of the frame (where the actual technology is), it is absolutely essential that the frames are fitted carefully. A hasty fitting could result in a broken piece of $1250 eyewear. We do have training material that we have given to our retail locations, on top of the thorough training that we give them. Basically, the only parts of the frames that can be adjusted are the temple tips (which rest on top of / wrap around the ears) and the nose pads. Because of the quality material, the temple tips have to undergo more heat than most dispenser are used to, but they will need to do so in order to bend the tips in any way. I would make sure to go to a trusted and experienced dispenser, but we can give you the dispensing guide when we ship your eyewear.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I’m sure this is good advice but it was not necessary in my case. The fit was perfect except the nose pads were too tight resulting in some discomfort after a few hours of wear. I adjusted this myself by gently pressing the nose pads outward a little bit. I did not have to adjust the temple tips but I can imagine that if you find that necessary it would be best to have it done by a professional.

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    2. John Waller

      The optometrist I went to made a point of the fact that the average optometrist did not have the equipment for adjust properly the temple pieces. The job he did has been excellent.

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  7. Rolf Taylor

    Earlier this year I had my old frames repaired since I did not want to buy new glasses till these we out. I emailed and was told that they were rolling.

    I decided to check back here and all looks good …

    I’ll be back in touch in a month or three!

    Rolf

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  8. Vike

    These updates are much appreciated. I’m another SuperFocus user babying my Leonardos and hoping they’ll last until I get a local optician to carry Focuss. Sounds like things are on track, though I hope they don’t leave New Mexico to the bitter end (often happens to us!).

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  9. John Waller

    Hallelujah, brethren, hallelujah!!! I finally got my new lenses 2 weeks ago, considering that I ordered them as soon as they went to market in June, that has been a long wait. I think they went to market a year too soon, they did not have all the bugs of manufacturing yet. They had an 80% failure rate 🙁 I know that several pairs earmarked for me were not shipped because they failed QC. But, now I have had them for 2 weeks, I hate the delay, but I love ’em. I went to an optometrist in Visalia, CA, it was a three hour drive, but he was the closest. I am glad I went to him because Adlens had asked him and a few others to be on their board. He was able to keep me up to date with the issues. As of October, there are only 7 dealers authorized to sell these glasses. I believe that is because of the manufacturing issues.

    The frames look huge, but, so far, they do not pinch my nose, nor slip down my nose. Certainly they are heavier than my blended bifocals, but not obviously so, they feel quite comfortable.

    At any rate, I like them, still getting used to 2 dials instead of one. I feel confident about the durability as the membrane is sealed inside the frames, instead of exposed on the Superfocus. They are getting Generation 2 ready for market, and Generation 3 is on the drawing boards. Their biggest job will be to get the price down. I cannot recommend them to everyone because of the cost, not everyone can afford them. If they get the cost down to $400 or $500, they wil be near high end blended focus glasses, and thus a larger market.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Thanks for posting your update! What a long ordeal. Perhaps I was lucky but my Gen 2 pair was good from the start and is still going strong. I agree that bringing the price down is going to be important for the goal of mainstream success even if we early adopters are more price tolerant. I guess that’s the price we pay for being “visionaries”, if you can excuse the pun.

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      1. Gloria Huffman

        I decided to Google (self-adjustable glasses) this morning, since I had read about the original Adspecs online years ago and wanted to see if they were still out there. I found your earlier review of the AdlensFocuss™ (in its incarnation as CustomFocuss at LensCrafters during the Nov.-Dec. 2014 test period), and read this, too, and watched NSBD’s YouTube video. I shared these latter two today on my Facebook page (Gloria Merle Huffman).

        Your “Where to Get Them” link still says “Coming Soon,” but at https://adlens.com/find-retailer/ 50 retailers are listed, all of which are located in the middle of the United States from Texas and Tennessee to Iowa. From a glance at the map, it looks like distribution is by trans-Atlantic shipping from the United Kingdom to the Mississippi River and by land towards the west from various cities on the Mississippi. I think someone else did point out that “there are two pages” for places to get the glasses.

        I am so excited that this technology seems to be getting off the ground. In 2003 I went back to line bifocals because I was so fed up with progressives. I simply instructed the optometrist to set the bifocal line lower than normal (I recall my setting as 13 … probably mm). That way, it wouldn’t obstruct my view of the odometer while driving or the ground while walking, and it wasn’t too much trouble to lift my eyeglasses a bit if I had to read a roadmap (which I still prefer over a GPS for several reasons).

        Thank you for your work of love on this topic. I was impressed by your attention to detail. I have benefitted tremendously from your efforts and from the remarks of everyone who has commented here. Hats off to all!

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        1. administrator Post author

          Thanks for the kind words Gloria.

          I looked at that “Find Retailer” link, which I hadn’t looked at in months. I noticed that by default it shows locations in the middle of the country which is kind of a strange way for the page to default. But if you type in your zip code and click the Find Locations button it will show you retailers closer to you

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  10. Lars Haglund

    Dear all,
    My fantastic SuperFocus glasses finally died January 2016 – probably because of a grain of sand from the Caribbean beach causing oil leak.
    With AdlensFocuss: Do you dare holding them under running tap water (before using a wet isopropyl tissue) to flush grains without causing remaining tap water in the sandwich construction?
    With your long term experience of the 2nd generation: how scratch resilient is the lens coating?
    Kind regards, Lars

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    1. administrator Post author

      Lars,

      In terms of maintenance, the difference between SuperFocus and AdlensFocuss is like night and day. The latter are far more stable and easy to clean. The sandwich seems to be completely sealed and I’ve never had a concern of water entering it, although to be honest I usually do not clean them with running tap water. What works perfectly well for me is to use a canned air duster to air blast particles from the lenses and then use a quality lens wipe to polish them. I do that several times a week, compared to using running water perhaps once every month or two.

      I have a long history of scratching my eyeglasses, but I find Focuss are actually rather difficult to scratch. I did scratch my original pair but only after I dropped them and then kicked them across a concrete garage floor. The larger wonder is that they weren’t shattered but instead only lightly scuffed in one spot.

      As for the production pair, after six months of daily use they are still in pristine condition.

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  11. 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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  12. Dr. Mark Page

    Greetings everyone,
    My office is now certified to provide the newest technology in eye care! We have the demo frames and look forward to helping any one in Arizona that needs a wider field of view. Come to Arizona’s Vision and see what you’ve been missing. 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.
    Best Regards,
    Dr. Mark Page

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  13. Dr. Joe Vansuch

    Hi Everyone!

    If you ar located in Southern California we are carrying the Adlens Focuss here at Vansuch Optometry! Please come see us at

    315 E. Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
    714-997-3535

    If you come in today (4/27/16), we are celebrating this product launch with food, drinks and a special deal on this innovative product!

    Come see us! We are so excited!!!!

    -Dr. Joe

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  14. Joey Horn

    I am a former SuperFocus patient. I still actually have my original pretty scratched up pair and after they went out of business, I was nursing them along hoping they wouldn’t break.
    I first saw an Adlens Focuss video on YouTube a couple years ago. After that, I was Googling everything I could try to find out how soon I could get a pair for myself. Last August I happened to travel to the Midwest and saw Brill Eyecare in K.C carried the product. I immediately made an appointment and had them ordered within a couple days.
    I found out later that I was one of the first to get a pair in the U.S! While SuperFocus was definitely helpful, the comparison in quality to Adlens Focuss is really night and day. In my opinion, my vision falls into the perfect range now. I really like the fact that I can adjust the left and right lens separately because my vision fluctuates from morning to night at a difference pace.
    I see a lot of people commenting on the weight of the glasses and when I very first put them on, I did notice that they were heavier than my other glasses but I didn’t find it an issue at all. The nose pads are super comfortable. I’d say within a couple days I didn’t even think about it.
    The frames are definitely a bolder fashion statement than I’ve had before but the under 40 crowd (which I am not one) seem like they are really embracing the bolder frames so I figure it makes me look like a fashion forward trendsetter 😉 plus I notice a lot of designer frames that look really similar to Adlens Focuss (Dolce & Gabana, Tom Ford…)
    Anyway, I’m over the moon happy with mine and totally recommend them! I’m already planning my next pair to incorporate the Transitions auto darkening lenses so I can get rid of my bifocal sunglasses too!

    -Joey Horn
    Seattle WA

    (You can email me if you have questions b7507503 at hotmail dot com)

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  15. David Ramsey

    Hm. As of now– January 14, 2017– all mention of Focuss glasses has vanished from the Adlens site, and even the bespoke URL “adlensfocuss.com” simply redirects to the main site, which has nothing but the Alvarez sliding-lens non-prescription adjustables…

    DAMMIT.

    I have emailed David Hunt to ask for details, but if I had to bet, I’d say that Focuss is gone.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I feel like we’ve seen this story before. It’s a real shame if they have sacked this great product, but if so it’s their own fault for putting it out there with an unsustainably high price and without doing any of the marketing that they promised.

      As much as I love them, I’ve gone to buying multiple glasses from Zenni Optical, which are as low as $7 with frames and lenses included. Selling Focuss for $1250 is no way to build a market beyond early adopters. When they were initially priced at $599 I thought, well they’re pricey but perhaps feasible. Once they went “live” at $1250 I figured that was not likely to end well.

      http://www.zennioptical.com/

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  16. Jeremiah

    Oh no! Is it back to progressives for me?? I too was rather shocked by the high price at launch. There is a company called Deep Optics that are working on ones that adjust based on what part of the lens you’re looking through…

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  17. administrator Post author

    Good news! I have been in communication with Allfield and will be obtaining a set of glasses with their new design, said to be lighter weight. Once I have them I will post a review on this site. It seems that despite the name change it is still the same people behind the scenes. Perhaps this shift is intended to distance the product from the other Adlens products which are targeted at a vastly different and incompatible market.

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    1. Jeremiah

      Any update on the Allfields? I’m way beyond the need for a new Rx and so checking what is out there…

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      1. administrator Post author

        As a matter of fact, yes!

        I obtained a pair from Adlens and was preparing to do an all-out review, however due to circumstances I can summarize the situation pretty quickly:

        1. Allfields are generally indistinguishable from Focuss. The finish is a bit more refined but the design and functionality are the same, which in turn means:

        2. They are great. Love them. Would like them to be lighter and have a little more design versatility, such as a wayfarer shape, and of course less expensive, but they are wonderful even without those improvements… however:

        3. For the present, they are no longer available. I was informed by Adlens that they have made a corporate decision to freeze the product while they work on a redesign. My understanding is that the intent of the redesign includes things like more versatility in style options and substantially reduced weight… so:

        4. It’s bad news for now but hopefully good news for the future. We’ll just have to wait and see.

        Adlens has promised to let me know when they are ready for the next phase and when that time comes if I am still kicking and breathing I will certainly report it here and notify registered users via email as well.

        Cross your fingers!

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        1. Jeremiah

          Well, that is certainly a drag to hear. I have my appt in a couple days and see that the Allfield website seems to be gone. My CustomFocuss finally bit the dust with one lens fogging up today.

          Thanks for the update though!

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  18. Michael

    I’m very interested in the new Allfield glasses as well. Look forward to your review.

    I’ve also reached out to them.

    -Michael

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  19. LarryB

    Dear me. I would love to be able to buy a quality pair of variable focus eyeglasses. I bought and enjoyed 2 pairs of Superfocus. Loved the single adjuster. Good field of view. Downside Poorly sealed and hard to clean. Leaks put an end to my enjoyment. I would gladly pay to get them repaired.

    Tried Adlens adjustables. OK for emergency. Narrow field of view. Lots of reflections from Alvarez lens elements. Not sealed and impossible to clean.

    Tried Eyejusters. Same problems with Alvarez lens field of view and reflections. They are sealed and easily cleaned. Still not what I want.

    I have had cataract surgery since my Superfocus experience. See well for distance. Use cheap readers for close. Still hate having to change glasses so often. Miss adjustable focus.

    Adlens Focuss , Allfield, etc come close to what I need. A prescription of about .5D with mild astigmatic correction and the variable power for close in would be fine. Would like single adjuster. My point of pain on price kicks in at $500. On a day when I have to change glasses 20 times I might pop for $1000. Over $1200, NO WAY!

    I hope that Adlens gets their manufacturing problem solved so that they can produce them en mass. Like color TV, Personal computers, and cell phones, if you can get the cost down you have a market. We people who lack accomodation and and have a life style with frequent changes in distance may not be enough of a market to make this develop quickly. Eyewear is a challenging business with Zenni selling prescription eyeglasses at $6.95.

    I hope Adlens can productize adjustable focus eyeware.

    Thank you for keeping us informed.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Unfortunately I have heard nothing since May, when they first announced their rebranding and then almost immediately pulled the product for a described redesign. If and when I get an update, I will of course post it here as well as drop an email to anyone registered in this conversation.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Robert,

      If/ when the product re-emerges, I will contact everyone who posts here to give them a head’s up.

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  20. William Nicholls

    Adlens failed to renew their Allfield trademark. Looks like dead technology.

    Status Update! On Monday, November 13, 2017, status on the ALLFIELD trademark changed to ABANDONED – FAILURE TO RESPOND OR LATE RESPONSE.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Well, this certainly suggests it is a dead branding but not necessarily dead technology. After all, this same technology has tested the market with multiple brandings including Allfield, Focuss, Adlens Focuss, and CustomFocuss.

      It wouldn’t shock me if we never see this technology reenter the market successfuly, nor would it shock me if it emerges again under a different branding or even different ownership.

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  21. Jeremiah

    Well, assuming anyone is still here, I guess I’m the first to chime back in circa 2018 with absolutely nothing of substance regarding any kind of adjustable focus glasses or their development by anyone that I’ve seen in quite some time.

    Sounds like Adlens had a big legal battle in the UK just to sell the Alvarez lens glasses against entrenched interests. John Lennons are off the market, and they now only have two types of “UZoom” alvarez types. There seemed to be some hints of them coming out with something adjustable, but, well…

    I just can’t belief why someone/anyone hasn’t come out with the new Superfocus/Adlens Focuss product.

    I sure would like me some o’ them adjustable focus glasses again!

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  22. Sharon Martin

    My Adlens glasses failed this past week-end and I now find out that they are not yet back with the updated model and have likely decided to not make these adjustable glasses again. I am very sad and really don’t want to go back to bi-focals or to 3 pair of glasses. So, I spent a few hours on-line searching for an alternative and there does not seem to anything available right now. However, I did find a ray of hope – some glasses coming out in the spring of 2018 from something called e-vision. They had a headline that said: New Liquid Crystal Lens Technology Eyewear Utilizing e-VISION Parented Technology To Launch Spring 2018
    You can look for yourself at: http://evisionoptics.com/
    I hope that they do come out with these. I am wearing my old super focus glasses that are somewhat scratched but I can still see out of them.

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    1. administrator Post author

      I had read about e-Vision some time ago. Technologically, no doubt this is what the future holds for us (or, more likely, those who follow us): electronically focused lenses. Based on present day technology I assume this would involve a rechargeable battery and manually pressing focus buttons, but I could envision (ha ha) a far future with the electronics powered by the human body or some kind of long life micro cell, and focus control based on ocular muscle movement. Maybe that would be possible in 30 years, but with Luxottica suffocating competitive innovation in the eye wear industry it might be more like 100.

      It will certainly be interesting to see what, if anything, they put on the market in Spring 2018. Come to think of it, Spring 2018 is exactly one week from today.

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      1. Sharon Martin

        Yes, it will be interesting. I wrote to the company today asking for more information on this. I am really hoping that they come through with a real product. I also wrote to Deep Optics a company in Israel who is working on a project to produce some glasses and other things. They responded and said that they are still in the research and development stage and it would be a while before it was on the market.

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  23. Sharon Martin

    I just exchanged some emails with David Hunt who is in Adlen’s US office and is the Director of Customer Success and Operations. I wrote to him to inquire if they had given up on the Custom Focus design and if not when would we be able to purchase the glasses again – his response is below:

    “We hope to have a much upgraded version of that same technology. You will be pleased, but the timeframe may not be very soon. Thank you!”

    I find it encouraging that they have not given up on this project.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Thanks for that update, Sharon. David’s statement is consistent with what he told me when they went back to the drawing board, which was last June. I find it encouraging that he’s still there as it suggests Adlens is still funded and still working toward the goal at some level.

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  24. Jeremiah

    I wrote to Mitsui Chemicals and got a response.

    They are coming out with their Touchfocus glasses February 2018, but only in Japan. :-/

    This sounds more like the old Empower glasses, and thus just near and far focusing, i.e. like a bifocal.

    https://www.touchfocus.com/#category

    “At first glance, TouchFocusTM appears to be simply a pair of stylish glasses. Hidden inside, however,
    is a wide array of advanced technology. With a touch to a sensor installed in the temple, the
    eyewear will change focus from far to near instantaneously. Electricity runs from a battery through
    an electric circuit, activating a liquid crystal area in the lenses. The near zone can be toggled on
    and off as needed. It provides a wide area of vision with minimized swim and distortion and
    removes the need to switch between multiple pairs of glasses. Each pair of TouchFocus TM is created
    to match each individual’s eyeglass prescription and design tastes, with 20 frame designs to
    choose from.”

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  25. Sharon Martin

    Jeremiah, that is wonderful news, I prefer the glasses that adjust through the whole range of far to near seeing but this does seem like it could work. Do you know if they will be offering these glasses somewhere besides Japan – somewhere like the US?

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  26. Jeremiah

    Sharon, I too would prefer the full range, but I would probably check out something like this. Alas, as far as I know there are no plans to sell them elsewhere.

    Hopefully they learned from Empower… they did not take into account the salinity of perspiration, and that wrecked their mechanism!

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  27. Rolf Taylor

    After years of under employment I will be starting a new job in 2 weeks and will be able to afford new glasses. So here I am, and I am sorely disappointed that they won’t be variable focus.

    I appreciate the moderator’s tip on where to get good cheap glasses on line. I will probably follow that advice and settle for a couple of pairs and wait and see.

    I loved my super focus and was really looking forward to getting something variable focus, even is *still* something early adopterish. Very sad.

    Thanks for being such a clearinghouse of information.

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    1. administrator Post author

      Congratulations on the new job!

      Yes, it is sad that variable focus technology has hit another pothole in the road to broad market penetration. I don’t doubt it will get there eventually, although perhaps too late for us! In the meantime I’m keeping an eye out (so to speak) for anything interesting that comes along or if Adlens re-emerges as previously promised. As for the cheapies, I’ve been very pleased with my Zenni glasses, which can cost as little as $7 for frames and single vision lenses, plus shipping. Hard to beat that.

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