Hello, we're Adlens

We are world leaders in adaptive focus lens technologies. As well as developing autofocus glasses to overcome the loss of near vision as you get older, Adlens works with OEM partners to enable their next generations of AR/VR platforms to be genuinely immersive and visually comfortable.

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Improving Lives with Technology

Our Future Vision

Adaptive optics is an opportunity to enhance vision not just restore it. We can see a future that is truly “heads-up and hands-free”.

A future where people will use eyewear even if they don’t have an underlying prescription - because their visual experience will be so much clearer, sharper and richer. Optical characteristics and focus will adjust automatically for the task and the environment, so your vision will always be optimal.

What you can see will be further augmented with real-time data and graphical information to create a new reality where the virtual and the real world are in sharp focus and seamlessly integrated.

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Get to Know Us

Founded in 2004 by venture philanthropist James Chen and Professor Josh Silver of Oxford University, Adlens is based in Eynsham, just west of Oxford, England. We serve consumers worldwide from sales offices in Tokyo and Boston.

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Future Realities

In virtual reality and augmented reality, our lenses create a more immersive experience - improving the realism, definition and movement of virtual objects.

We are currently partnering with a number of leading OEMs to hone the advanced lens technology used in AR and VR applications.

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Consumer Eyewear

Our line of consumer eyeglasses, including the Adapt and UZOOM brands, is designed to give back the full range of near vision lost as a result of aging.

This is part of a product journey we hope will ensure none of us will have to compromise the quality of our vision as we get older.

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Leadership & Advisory Board

James Chen


Our founder and key shareholder, James Chen, is a venture philanthropist who has become gripped by one issue: 2.5 billion people still struggle with poor vision without treatment. He co-founded Adlens to investigate the technology, followed by Vision for a Nation a charity supporting emerging nations – starting with Rwanda – in providing affordable glasses and primary eye care. Recently James launched the Clearly campaign to inspire promote greater awareness of the global vision issue. His mission is to see a world where everyone has access to vision correction.

John Kennedy


John is the one who knits it together. Mesmerized by the juggling people do to ensure they have glasses to hand, he knows there’s a better way. An engineer by training, he’s built his experience in tech and consumer growth businesses. When not at work a bicycle never seems far away.


Dr. Rob Stevens


Rob talks, thinks, breathes physics & optics. He is responsible for developing all the technology that is fundamental to Adlens. If science hasn’t defined it yet as impossible, he’s up for it. Prior to Adlens he was to be found teaching at Oxford University. Cars, children and badminton also vie for his attention.

Sian James

Programme Director

Motivator, organizer and engineer, Siân drives the development of the business. Steeped in innovation from her time at Dyson and Xerox, she has the will to succeed and a wicked sense of humor. In any spare time, she’s a talented chef and scuba diver.

Richard Hill

Chief Products Officer

Richard is our product guru. Design is close to his heart, so innovation and attention to detail go hand in hand. Whilst a product designer, he’s also delivered the champagne bar at St Pancras and part of the London Olympics brand team, so he focuses on consumer behavior. Dream car, a 1965 short wheelbase Porsche 911.

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