This was a very fun assignment for me – reporting on our competition winner from “Win a Pair of emPower! or Free Trip to Vision Expo East 2012“. Brenda is shown receiving her prize – emPower! electronic focusing eyeglasses provided by Pixel Optics.
We thought it would be interesting for our readers to hear about the process:
1. Brenda selects her frame:
First of all Brenda selected the frame she liked, #E7 103 color 10, I approved as I like the soft pink hue. John Ditski, ABOC was in charge of the fitting and training. I realized as I watched and listened that training the optical consumer to wear and use emPower! correctly is crucial. John told me that he personally did not wear a progressive until emPower! became available and he turns off the reading area when he is not using it. He says “we live in an intermediate world”. Designed to address distortion and visual “swim” associated with traditional progressive lenses, emPower! features composite lenses with a thin, transparent LCD-like liquid crystal layer, which interacts with the unit’s electronics package to allow the user to turn the near-focus reading zone on and off at will.
2. Marking up the frame from the cut out chart
There are some subtle differences for the optician to learn as well, for example although John was using a fitting chart he did not use a minimum fitting height on the frame as it will vary and needs to be very specific for the electronics.
3. Learning to “touch focus”
John showed Brenda how to touch the zone in the temple to turn off the reading function or to put in the automatic mode. emPower! features composite lenses with a thin, transparent LCD-like liquid crystal layer, which interacts with the unit’s electronics package to allow the user to turn the near-focus reading zone on and off at will Wearers can operate the glasses in three different modes: manual on, automatic and manual off.
4. Training and Learning to use emPower!
It will take approximately four weeks for Brenda to receive her new emPower! eyewear so we will be following up with her in May to see how she likes them and to interview her for Part 2 of Focusing on emPower! .