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Updated on April 13, 2013

Spectacles Made of Water?

Yes you heard correctly. Glasses with water lenses. A British inventor by the name of Josh Silver has invented this innovative product.

Based on the optical principle that the fatter the lens the more powerful it becomes; Silver, a former professor of physics at Oxford University has devised a pair of glasses which allow the wearer to change with power of the lens themselves by adjusting the amount of fluid in the lens.

Latest news* The lenses now have silicon oil in them.

No optician required


DIY Specs

The glasses are fitted with tough plastic lenses which contain circular sacs of fluid.  These sacs have a small syringe attached which is connected to the arm of the spectacles.  The wearer adjusts the level of fluid in the sacs untll his vision is clear.  Then he twists the screw to cut of the fluid supply and the syringe is removed. A very simple process which means that people are able to create glasses that work without the need of an optical prescription.


Adaptive Eyeware

Vision for a Nation

In 2008 Adaptive Eyewear took part in designing the framework for the charity, Vision for a Nation. The charity plans to screen the entire population of people over 8 years old in Rwanda and provide glasses for those who need them.

You can donate to the charity via this link if you wish

New Improved Glasses from Adaptive Eyewear

Can I get a pair?

Whilst this product can be mass produced and can be individually tuned; the developed world may not yet be ready for this innovation. The glasses themselves have a very chunky appearance and would probably at this stage of development appeal to the mass market. Silver's goal is to help the millions of people in developing countries who suffer from poor eyesight.


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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I personally would love to have a pair of those. I'm afraid they'll never see mass production here in the US because the eye doctors would not like having people be able to adjust their own glasses, they might not come back every year for a new prescription. Interesting hub though.

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      Glasses Men 8 years ago

      Great article! Ive never heard of glasses lenses made from water before. For people In Australia looking for spectacles check