You Can Now Get Prescription Lenses for Your Snapchat Spectacles

Mail-in orders from third-party provider start at $99

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People with less than perfect vision who've been eyeing Snap Inc.'s highly coveted Spectacles will now be able to actually see when they snap. 

Lens manufacturer Rochester Optical has started making prescription lenses for the camera-equipped sunglasses. The company, which announced the offering today, will be selling standard single-vision lenses starting at $99. (Prices will be higher for stronger and more complex prescriptions.)

Lenses will also come with features such as antireflective coating and add-ons like photochromic and polarized options.

Snap isn't the only tech company Rochester Optical has worked with in the wearables space. It's also made lenses for other augmented- and virtual-reality devices including Microsoft HoloLens, Google Glass and Intel's Recon Jet.

"We've been working with heads-up displays for a long time, and Spectacles are just a form of smart glasses without the heads-up display," said Patrick Ho, CEO of Rochester Optical, in a statement.

Snap began selling its Specs in November, deploying vending machines called Snapbots in discrete and not so discrete locations such as Venice and Big Sur in California, the Grand Canyon in Nevada and Fifth Avenue in New York.

Customers can place online orders as of today. According to the company's Twitter account, turnaround time is two to three days plus a day of shipping when they're finished. 


@martyswant Marty Swant is a former technology staff writer for Adweek.