Hello, we're Adlens

The lens was invented 700 years ago. Its underlying technology has remained unchanged.

We are changing that. Our adjustable focus lenses already have revolutionized the way we see. For tomorrow's world, we are developing technology for VR and AR applications which create a more comfortable and realistic user experience.

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Improving Lives with Technology

Vision in focus

Our journey started 14 years ago with a powerful idea:
Could we develop glasses that allowed people anywhere to set their own prescription?

Today, we develop technology that harnesses the power of variable focus lenses to enable us all to see better. This technology has advanced to new arenas: we are now developing lenses for auto-focus glasses, AR/VR head mounted displays and adjustable focus reading glasses for consumers everywhere.

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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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