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Electronic Eyeglasses Look To Replace Bifocals

For those who strain to see both near and far, bifocals have been the answer for a couple hundred years. Until now.

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Photo: Daniel Y. Go

Benjamin Franklin invented bifocal eyeglasses in 1784. The technology has yet to be displaced.

For those who strain to see both near and far, bifocals have been the answer for a couple hundred years. Until now.

An optical technology firm out of Virginia has developed eyeglass lenses made of liquid crystals. The crystals vary how they refract light depending on if they are activated by an electric current.

Seem like science fiction? Well, the electronic eyeglasses are set to hit the U.S. market later this year.

Read More:

  • E-focals: Electric Eyeglasses Are the New Bifocals (Discover)
  • Bye bye bifocals, hello electronic spectacles (Telegraph)
  • PixelOptics’ emPower!™ lens webpage (demo)
Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer is an online and radio producer for WFIU's Arts Bureau and local food program Earth Eats. Megan grew up in South Dakota and later lived in France for 3 years. She was an intern for NPR's Science Desk in the spring of 2009, and joined WFIU in June 2009.

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