Hello, we’re Adlens. We believe there are better ways to see. It’s been 700 years since lenses were invented and the fundamental technology has changed very little since. We are changing that by developing adjustable focus lenses that revolutionize the way we see. We develop lenses for VR and AR headsets and eyewear.

Who we are

We are a tech company that is using the power of variable focus lenses to enable us all to see better. We are on a journey that started 14 years ago with an idea for glasses that people could self-prescribe, that is adjust to whatever reading power they needed. We are now developing lenses for autofocus glasses, AR/VR head mounted displays and selling adjustable focus reading glasses.


In our eyewear business dialogue with our consumers guides our innovation. Our current eyewear is designed to give back the full range of near vision that you lose as a result of aging. This is part of a product journey that we hope will ensure, that soon, none of us will have to compromise the quality of our vision as we get older.

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 proud to be working with a number of the leading OEMs. In both applications, the lenses are the fundamental technology that we are honing.

More about us

We were founded by James Chen, a venture philanthropist and Professor Joshua Silva of Oxford University in 2004. We’re based in Eynsham, just west of Oxford, where most of our team of 50 or so work. We’ve also got sales offices in Tokyo and Boston, MA.

We’re tackling some of the hardest problems in optics with a talented team of scientists and engineers, so if you’ve an exceptional mind and want to use tech to make a significant difference to people’s quality of life both in the real and virtual worlds, contact us.

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 suffer from 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.

Meet the leadership team, guiding the development of new technologies

John Kennedy, CEO

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, CTO

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.

Frank Lavety, Chief Operating Officer

Frank ensures we produce the best product. The lens looks simple, but that hides the precision that goes into both the design and manufacture. He’s worked for many years with manufacturers across the globe. A proud Glaswegian, he never fails to let us know when Scotland win the cricket.

Paul Emmett, Finance Director

Paul is planning our growth. We are taking risks but calculated ones in the development of the lenses. Paul keeps us all in control. When not being taxi driver for his four children, he’s trying to work out how to pay for their university and lamenting AFC Bournemouth’s latest score.

Our Board & Advisors

  • James Chen – www.jameschen.vision
  • Remi Corlin – www.hemosonics.com
  • Greg Nugent – www.inclondon.com
  • David Chute – www.thinoptics.com
  • Dame Sue Street, previously DCMS & Deloitte
  • John Kennedy – www.adlens.com
  • Chris Gale, previously CFO Allocate, GFI, Clearswift