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
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.