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Have you heard? Google Glass is partnering with VSP Vision Care to make prescription Glass available!

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Prescription frames will give more people the chance to use Glass

More than half of the people in the United States need prescription lenses or contacts, and many of them have expressed interest in prescription Google Glass. We’re now partnering with Google to make this smart eyewear available through our large network of eye care professionals.

VSP is the only company working with Google on the launch of the prescription Glass frame.

What does this mean for you?

If you are currently an Explorer (or are applying to be one), prescription frames from Google Glass are now available. VSP Glass Preferred Providers are specially trained to ensure the best prescription eyewear experience to complement the best technological experience.

Why go through a VSP Glass Preferred Provider?

Just like customization in the style, customization in the fit of the frame and prescription lens is key to ensuring the best user experience for people wearing prescription Google Glass. Also, the manufacturing of the lens in the frame is just as critical for the best possible user experience. Check out what CNet had to say about getting prescription Glass.

Q/A with Dr. Matthew Alpert, Alpert Vision Care, Woodland Hills, CA:

We know you have lots of questions, and we want to answer them. So leave a comment below with what you want to know. Dr. Matthew Alpert, Chairman of Optometric Innovation for VSP Global and a VSP Glass Preferred Provider, will be answering the most common questions as they come in—so keep checking back for more information.

Where do I find a VSP Glass Preferred Provider?

We will be continuously training and bringing VSP Glass Preferred Providers on board across the country. If you’d like to locate a Glass Preferred Provider in your area, follow these few steps:

1. Visit vsp.com and click on the “Find a VSP Doctor” tab.
2. Enter your location search parameters.
3. Filter by selecting “Google Glass Lenses” checkbox

Find a VSP Glass Preferred Provider now.

When can I get prescription Glass?

First, nothing has changed how an Explorer gets Glass: either go to the Glass website at www.google.com/glass and click “How to get one” or be invited by a current Explorer.  Second, if you’ve ever needed prescription frames, you’ll find the process for getting Glass frames to be very similar.

A soon-to-be Explorer can purchase prescription Glass frames on the Glass website and select frames in the accessories section.  During the purchase flow, the buyer will get a list of VSP Glass Preferred Providers* who are trained on Glass and professionally qualified to measure, recommend and order the right prescription lens for you. Once you receive Glass, either at a Basecamp or in the mail, you take the device to an approved, trained eye care provider who will help ensure your prescription is up-to-date and measurements are accurate to fit within the Glass lens recommendations.  The eye care provider will send your frames, prescription and measurements to a VSP lab* where the lenses will be created to meet your unique and specifically tailored needs. At the same time, the lenses are also manufactured to the shape and requirements of the Glass frames you selected along with applying the recommended lens coatings. The lenses are then assembled into the Glass frames and shipped back to the eye care provider for fitting and delivery and to the Glass customer.

Will my VSP benefits cover prescription Glass?

VSP is in partnership with Google for VSP members to receive reimbursement on Glass frames. The Glass prescription lenses are also covered under a VSP patients’ lens benefit offering through their VSP Glass Preferred Provider. VSP benefits do not cover the technology component of Glass. Please note: actual reimbursements will vary dependent on plan type so members can contact VSP Member Services if they have questions about their specific benefits.

Will the frame/lens combos from Rochester Optical be covered by VSP?

No. VSP is the only company authorized to work with Google on the launch of prescription Glass.

What is Google Glass?

Glass is a wearable technology that can be paired with prescription eyewear. Read more about what it is and what it does on the Glass website.

 

* You can order your Glass prescription lenses from any eye doctor. However, we do recommend going to a VSP Glass Preferred Provider as they have been specifically trained in Glass and how to best measure and fit Glass prescription lenses. This also ensures the best possible warranty coverage and financial benefit (if you are a VSP Member) for your Glass.

 

32 Comments

  • Matthew says:

    What is the process to be reimbursed for the frames?

  • Anita says:

    To Google or not to Google? That is the question. Tha answer: it’s your choice.
    If you already “Google”, (who doesn’t?)any privacy concerns you have (?) should have aready been addressed. As far as the comment from “Smith” on affordable eyecare, I haven’t noticed an increase in my premiums to help cover those who choose “to Google”, and there are organizations that help with eyecare, such as local Lions Clubs. Lighten up people, AGAIN, this is a choice, and a fun one. For those who choose “not to Google”, you won’t be impacted, unless you consider not having the latest gadget and the fun you may be missing, not to mention a sure fire conversation piece, as well demonstrated here!

  • what are the benefits of google glass? Versus the original glassware?

  • Bill Brandon says:

    What happens when my prescription for my eyeglasses changes? Will the frames fpr Glass and the rx lenses allow the local eye care professional to change the lenses? Surely the wearer will not have to pay Google another $1500?

  • Lesa Gilbert says:

    What is the advantage of Google glass over any other prescription lens?

    • Phoenix says:

      Google Glass is not a prescription lens. it is a computer that resides in an eyeglass frame.
      Go here to learn all about it:
      http://www.google.com/glass/start/

    • Paula C says:

      Google glass has nothing to do with your vision. It is a computer added to your glasses. Check out the link that tonymm posted above. Google glasses are already out there, this just allows someone who has to wear glasses a way to have the google glass on their prescription glasses.

  • Bad Eyes says:

    I think it’s frightening that you would put aside well-known privacy concerns to make a profit out of this partnership with Google. Google Glass is wildly invasive and intrusive, and VSP is wholeheartedly remiss and insensitive to simply announce this without the slightest bit of hesitation. VSP should be ashamed of itself.

    • David C. says:

      Hi there, as a leader in the vision industry, VSP is partnering with the respective leader in the tech industry to help meet the changing needs and wants of consumers. I’m not sure what you mean by privacy concerns, but your private insurance information remains only with VSP per federal HIPAA laws. And as a not-for-profit, we worked with Google to provide benefit coverage for the frame/lens portion. As the largest, national not-for-profit, we’re able to do so to increase access to Google Glass without having it be a revenue stream for us. -David, VSP

  • Kathy says:

    I have no idea what this article is about. What is Google Glass? What is an Explorer? What is a prescription frame for?

    • Phoenix says:

      The best explanation can be found by Googling “Google Glass” and then going to the Google Glass web site, where you will get a tour of what Glass does (it’s like wearing a computer all the time, but tiny!).
      It is like a small lens that hangs off a frame that you wear like glasses.
      An Explorer is one of the people invited to try it out. Their feedback will help develop this new technology, and find ways to make it better and more useful.
      Up until now, people who wear framed eyeglasses (as opposed to contact lenses) could not use Google Glass, because the frames would get in the way.
      Now, prescription glasses can be made to accommodate Google Glass along with prescription lenses.
      [modified by moderator]

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • Kyle Jones says:

    Will frame/lense combos from rochester optical be covered at all for reimbursement?

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • Angelia says:

    Fantastic news for VSP members! I cant wait ti.try them. Any idea about cost?

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • [...] According to VSP, the eye-care provider Google is partnering with for its launch, the frames need to be shipped to VSP’s lab in order to get the best fit, then they’re shipped back. So probably a few days, at best. [...]

  • Smith says:

    This is an insult to people who can not afford the eyecare that they need who have paid into plans like yours for years and get almost nothing in return! HOW DARE YOU!!

    • David C. says:

      Hi Smith, I’m not sure I understand your question but I’d be happy to help explain something if you have a concern. Please feel free to reply or email prteam@vsp.com. -David, VSP

    • Phoenix says:

      How is this an insult? As a VSP member, paying nominal premiums (about $50 a year!)I got my regular progressive prescription, with Transitions and a nice frame for about half of retail. (Even after paying the premiums for a year, I saved about $200!) I wouldn’t call that “nothing!”
      My examination was reasonably priced, as well.
      This partnership with Google is an added service for people who are becoming Google Glass Explorers. They (the customer/Explorer) will, apparently, still have to pay Google for the computerized component, and will still have to pay for anything else not normally covered by VSP. It takes nothing away from you or me–so what’s your beef?
      Some people just want to be angry.
      I think this is a great thing, and I commend VSP for being a leader–and also having the business acumen to get involved early!

      PS: I am neither an Explorer, nor an employee of either Google or VSP, and do not profit in the slightest from either company’s activities.

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