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.
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.
Get to Know Us
Get to Know Us
Founded in 2004 by venture philanthropist James Chen and Professor Joshua Silva 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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Interested in what our innovations can do for you?
Meet Our Team
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.
Meet the Team Behind the Tech
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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