Glass has been hogging the spotlight when it comes to eyewear, but get
ready to see new technology designed for those stuck with old-fashioned
prescription eyeglasses.About 64% of Americans wear glasses to
improve vision. Many can't stand them, complaining that glasses are
cumbersome, headache-inducing or don't work in all situations.
Meanwhile, the growing amount of time people spend in front of computers
and mobile devices has also raised concern about the potential damaging
effects on eyesight.That's spurring innovation among eye
specialists, who say the glasses industry has been largely stagnant
since bifocals were invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century."It's
a marketplace with slow technology adoption. There hasn't been new
technology in eyeglasses in forever," said Stephen Kurtin, chairman of
Superfocus, which makes adjustable-focus glasses that enable wearers to
choose the best focus for every distance.