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Introduction

There are many people of all ages that have some type of Visual Impairment that can be resolved with the aid of Glasses which are used for vision correction, such as Reading Glasses and Glasses used for nearsightedness. Contact lenses can also be used for this purpose. Glasses consist of glass or hard plastic lenses mounted in a frame which holds them in front of a person's eyes. In the past, these lenses were made exclusively of glass, but as technology advances, so did lenses and today most lenses are made of high-tech plastics which are lighter and don’t break or scratch as easily as glass. Glasses are typically used for vision correction, but there are also a wide variety of other types of Glasses used for Sport, Entertainment (3D Glasses), Work or as a fashion accessory, such as Sunglasses. The page below will deal with the types of Glasses which can assist and protect the eyes of Persons who are Blind or have serious Visual Impairments. Many of these products are available in South Africa and are sold by Organizations and Companies such as Edit Microsystems.

Edit Microsystems: is a leading supplier of educational and corporate technology solutions in Southern Africa. Edit Microsystems aims to find alternative, cutting-edge ways to improve teaching and learning in the education sector and toEdit Microsystems improve business communication in the corporate sector. Edit Microsystems provides services to educators; education departments; corporate social investors; parents; other government departments and corporate managers. Through on-going support and professional development, Edit Microsystems can help find the right solution for your particular environment.

Edit Microsystems have various branches around South Africa including in Cape Town. You can contact them on: Tel: (021) 433 2520 or email them at: info@editmicro.co.za. You can also visit them at their offices in Cape Town at: Unit 601,The Point Shopping Centre (Galleria), 76 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005 or visit their web site to find out more: www.editmicro.co.za

Corrective Glasses

Corrective Glasses or lenses are used to correct refractive errors by bending the light entering the eyes in order to alleviate the effects Eye Test & Glassesof conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. As most people get older, they can develop a condition which makes it difficult for them to focus on objects close to the eyes. Corrective lenses bring the image back into focus on the retina. Most persons that have these types of Visual Impairments can visit an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist for an examination which indicates what corrective lenses are appropriate for that patient. At the conclusion of the exam, the Optometrist or Ophthalmologist will order and/or assemble the frames and appropriate lenses, which are then dispensed and sold to the patient. Corrective Glasses can significantly improve the quality of life of the wearer, as they not only enhance the wearer's visual experience, but can also reduce problems that result from eye strain, such as headaches or squinting. If you feel that you may need Glasses, you should contact an Optometrist for an eye test. There are Optometrists throughout the country and you can visit: "Optometrist Directory.co.za" to find an Optometrist in your area.

Safety & Protective Glasses

Safety & Protective Glasses are worn to protect your eyes while working in potentially hazardous jobs, such as Construction work, Factory work, or as Machinists and as Lab Technicians. These Safety Glasses are made from break proof plastic lenses to protect the eyes from flying debris or hazardous splatter, such as blood or chemicals. Safety Glasses for welding are also used and are styled like wraparound sunglasses, but with much darker lenses, while nylon frames are used for protection eye wear for some sports, thus giving the Glasses lightweight and flexible properties. Some Safety Glasses include protection beside the eyes as well as in front of the eyes and can also be used to protect the eyes against visible and near-visible light or radiation, such as Anti-Glare Protection Glasses.

Anti-Glare Protection Glasses also be known as Anti-Reflective Glasses can reduce the reflection of light that enters our eyes, the lenses are given an anti-glare coating to prevent reflections of light under different lighting conditions, therefore reducing the amount of glare on your eyes and improving your vision. There are a variety of different types of these Anti-Glare Glasses, including Glasses that can fit over your prescription glasses or clip or hook onto them. The Anti-Glare also applies to the outer glass, thus allowing for better eye contact, they can also come with polarized lenses for extra protection against glare.

Anti-Glare Wrap-Around & Fit Over Glasses

There are a variety of different types of these Anti-Glare Wrap-Around Glasses and Fit Over Glasses which are available in South Africa, some of these are sold by Companies such as Edit Microsystems, who sell products such as the:

Deluxe Semi Wrap-Around Anti-Glare Glasses: These Anti-Glare Glasses are close fitting with adjustable arms to provide extra protection. There are 5 colour filters to choose from and the glasses come in one standard size. They have infra-red (IR) protection for relief from eye fatigue and are designed to be worn alone and not over regular glasses. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems. Click on the link to find out more about the colour filter options or to purchase this product.   Deluxe Anti-Glare Fit Over Glasses

Deluxe Anti-Glare Fit Over Glasses: These Anti-Glare Glasses (pictured right) have additional infra-red (IR) protection for relief from eye fatigue, they are available in 4 colour filters to maximise functional vision, enhance contrast and provide comfort from a disabling glare. The frames are one size only but have adjustable side arms so that the glasses fit comfortably over the arms. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems. Click on the link to find out more about the colour filter options or to purchase this product.

Other similar Glasses are also available from Edit Microsystems, contact them to see what other types of these products they can supply.

Clip-On & Hook-On Anti-Glare Glasses

There are a wide variety of different types of Clip-On" or "Hook-On Anti-Glare Glasses", these Glasses clip on or hook on to your current prescription glasses, thus allowing for better eye contact. Some of these Glasses are available in South Africa and are sold by Companies such as Edit Microsystems, they include products such as the:Flip-up Glasses

Clip-On with Flip-Up Style Anti-Glare Glasses: These Anti-Glare Glasses (pictured right) are designed to be used together with regular glasses. The glasses are easy to clip on and can be flipped up when not in use. There are four colour filters available and the glasses come in small and large sizes. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems. Click on the link to find out more or to purchase this product.

Hook On Style Anti-Glare Glasses: These Anti-Glare Glasses can be used together with your regular glasses, they have the ability to improve your vision and help to eliminate the reflections of light from the front and back surface of eyeglass lenses. The glasses come in a variety of sizes and are available in four different tints. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems, click on the link to find out more or to purchase this product.

Other similar Glasses are also available from Edit Microsystems, contact them to see what other types of these products they can supply.

Polarising Anti-Glare Glasses

There are a variety of different types of Polarising Anti-Glare Glasses which can assist Persons who are Blind or have Visual Impairments. These Glasses reduce the glare caused by bright light being reflected from particularly reflective surfaces such as glass, snow and water. Many of these types of Glasses are available in South Africa and are sold by Companies such as Edit Microsystems, they include products such as:

Polarising Anti-Glare Glasses: These Glasses have lenses which are made from a polarising materialDeluxe Polarising Semi Wrap-Around Glasses, which reduces the glare caused by bright light being reflected from particularly reflective surfaces. The glasses come in a grey or amber colour filter and are available in a small or medium size. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems, click on the link to find out more or to purchase this product.

Deluxe Polarising Semi Wrap-Around Glasses: These Glasses (pictured right) have polarising lenses which helps to reduce glare from reflective surfaces. These Glasses are designed to be worn by themselves and not over regular glasses, they come in a single standard size and are available with a grey or amber tint. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems, click on the link to find out more or to purchase this product.

Other similar Glasses are also available from Edit Microsystems, contact them to see what other types of these products they can supply.

Other Types Of Glasses

There are a wide variety of other different types of Glasses which can assist Persons who are Blind, Colour Blind or have other Visual Impairments. Some of these products can assist persons to view longer distance and can be used for watching TV or sporting events, while other Smart or Electronic Glasses can enhance the vision of a Person with Visual Impairments or help a Person who is Blind to perceive the world. Many of these products are available in South Africa and are sold by Organizations and Companies such as the South African National Council for the Blind and Edit Microsystems. This includes products such as:

Max Glasses

Max Glasses: are binocular telescopic glasses which are perfect for watching TV, sporting events, movies, theatre, bird watching, or any other distance viewing activity. These binocular telescope glasses will focus on objects from 10 feet to infinity. They are available from Organizations such as the South African National Council for the Blind, contact them to receive a quote or to find out more about the product.

Other similar Glasses are also available from Edit Microsystems, contact them to see what other types of these products they can supply.

MaxEvent Glasses

The MaxEvent glasses: (pictured right) are perfect for seeing indoor and outdoor events with more crisp and clear vision and to ensure the feeling of positivity and close to action. They consist of a mirrored coating that has been applied to the lenses by aMaxievent Glasses process called vapor deposition which eliminates the glare of the sun and allows enlargement of the eyes of the person wearing the glasses, which is not visible to the external observer. The glasses are hands free and is head mounted, they can be adjusted so that each eye lens can be focused separately, enabling a very adaptable system with flexible temples. The MaxEvent glasses are very  comfortable and provide 2.1 x magnification. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems. Click on the link to find out more or to purchase this product.

Other similar Glasses are also available from Edit Microsystems, contact them to see what other types of these products they can supply.

AngelEye Smart Glasses

The AngelEye Smart Glasses: (pictured right) are a slim, portable, reliable and powerful intelligent device which has a stylish industrial design and assists Persons who are Blind or have Visual Impairments. These Smart Glasses are based on the most advanced computer vision and artificial intelligence technology and are designed to enable Persons who are Blind or have VisualAngelEye Smart Glasses Impairments, to perceive their daily life. Working with a smartphone or specialized control box, it captures visual information, analyzes and communicates the result in audio back to the Persons with  Visual Impairments, so that they can perceive the world.

It’s Features and functions include:

1. A Virtual Cane: The glasses will detect any obstacle that they may hit into, then communicate it to the user through audio. This includes:

  • obstacles 125 px higher than the road surface and lower than your height.
  • Pits that are 125 px deep from the road.

2. Advanced Recognition: These glasses will recognize 20 object categories and communicate them to the user through voice. Everything is done locally and no wireless connection is needed. The objects that it detects includes: crosswalk, stairs, doors, the exit, cash note, color, text, people, etc.

3. Location Reporting: With a simple push-button, it reports the user’s location information, e.g. street name, next cross’ name, distance to the next cross, heading direction, nearby ROIs etc.

4. Bone Conduction Headphone: The glasses can perform as a fashion bone conduction headphone for music, phone calls, etc.

The AngelEye can only work when connected with smartphone or specialized control box through a USB cable and is used to simulate the functionality of the human eyes, so Persons with Visual Impairments will still need to make their own judgment of the surroundings and take the appropriate action, based on all the information perceived. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems. Click on the link to find out more information, or to purchase this product.

Other similar Glasses are also available from Edit Microsystems, contact them to see what other types of these products they can supply.

eSight Glasses

The eSight Glasses: (pictured right) are electronic glasses that enhance the vision of a person who has low vision by using a high-speed camera, videoeGlasses processing software, a computer processor and high-quality video OLED screens to project a real-time image. By using zoom in/zoom out, contrast and colour adjustments, edge enhancement and brightness control, the eSight Eyewear is able to enhance whatever the wearer is looking at, thus maximizing their remaining eyesight. eSight is a registered medical device and it requires no surgery. These Glasses are sold in South Africa by Edit Microsystems. Click on the link to find out more or to purchase this product.

Other similar Glasses are also available from Edit Microsystems, contact them to see what other types of these products they can supply.

Enchroma Glasses

Approximately 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have some degree of color blindness. There are different types of color blindness but the most common is known as ‘red-green color blindness. Color blindness is a condition in which the retinal cone cells respondEnchroma Glasses to light differently than normal. People with color blindness can usually still see colors but have color confusions or see certain pairs of colors so similarly that they cannot tell them apart. The underlying cause of most color vision deficiencies is due to the red and green-sensitive retinal cone cells having an overlapping response to light. Instead of responding separately to each wavelength of light, their response is highly similar. Enchroma Glasses have been developed to compensate for the overlap, the Enchroma lens contains proprietary optical materials that selectively remove particular wavelengths of light exactly where the overlap is occurring.

Visit the Enchroma website to find out more, or to see if these Glasses will work for you. You can currently purchase them online from ebay or from the Enchroma website.

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