Press Release Nov 2019

NOV 2019 ( Sarasota Florida, USA)

e-Vision Smart Optics a recognized leader in Ophthalmic Solutions addresses the vast growing categories of reality products.


With the rapid expansion of reality products and the growing list of terminology, eVision™ Optics has developed a comprehensive web overview to provide a greater understanding of the technology and terms in use today.  The new categories are broken down into VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), MR (Mixed Reality) and, more generally, XR (Extended Reality) to cover the entire range of reality uses aligned with vision.

In light of releases in publications like Forbes (See, 5 Important Augmented And Virtual Reality Trends For 2019 Everyone Should Read)* touting the transformative effect the different reality based offerings will have in the near future.  And the recent announcement by The Motley Fool (Sep 24, 2019)** that Facebook is not only acquiring technology companies in the sector, Facebook is reportedly working on AR smart glasses. eVision Optics goal is to provide a detailed overview of the differences in the technologies and terminology for companies interested in licensing eVision Optics patents for electroactive optics and wearable electronic frames.

“The most fundamental component of any reality-based product is vision, and our patents cover in-eye, over the eye, and wearable devices that make the technology possible and we offer licensing for patent protection in this growing category,” Joel Zychick, CEO, eVision™ Optics.

New to the website

The new website’s overview reality page covers the key areas and terminology associated with each including:

Augmented Reality (AR)

Virtual Reality (VR)

Mixed Reality (MR)

Extended Reality (XR)

Reality based vision products are growing at a rapid pace in a wide and varied marketplace. Examples cross a wide spectrum from consumer products to industrial applications and will soon be found in the frontiers of outer space with the developments eVision has created. eVision™ Optics patents can be the foundation for the possibilities of instant visualization of data to benefit people in real-world environments. Personal use is in rapid development as powerful microcomputers and cloud based connectivity deliver real-time data for immersive applications as per the Facebook announcement.

Extended Reality is enabling viewing in a simulated environment in real time merged with the physical environment, one example, Autodesk*** utilizing Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) providing the ability to visualize a home rendering while touring a property site or the visualization of an interior design in an unfinished building to speed up and stream-line the selection processes. 

Mixed Reality (MR) for Military and law enforcement will benefit with real-time downloadable content that can protect and save lives, utilizing instantly updated data and graphics. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and when you consider the multitude of applications, realistic 3d modeling and data delivery served in a visual format, soon reality-based visual products will be as common as the cell phone technology we utilize every day.

“Technology trends are converging in reality-based vision products and for interaction they all are dependent on the vision interface. I believe that in the past, the terms, “Virtual Reality” and “Augmented Reality” covered most of the offerings.  , Today, so many new applications are being developed that people are struggling to name them. Regardless of what you call them, the most important element of the process of commercializing reality products is securing the intellectual property protection that eVision can offer,” Tony Van Heugten, CTO, eVision™ Optics.

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May 2019 (Sarasota Florida, USA )


e-Vision Optics to present White Paper – Developments in Electroactive Lens Technology for Vision Correction (3:30 PM – 3:50 PM PST) at Display Week 2019 hosted by the Society for Information Display (SID) San Jose Convention Center, USA , Thursday, May 16 2019


Press Release April 2019


April 2019 (Sarasota Florida, USA – Oakland California, USA)

e-Vision Smart Optics recognized in the Top 10 Ophthalmic Solution Providers in MED-TECH OUTLOOK Magazine.

e-Vision Smart Optics, a recognized global leader in the development and advancement of patented technologies that enhance vision was recognized for its achievements in MED-TECH OUTLOOK magazine. A publication that provides insight into cutting edge technologies in the medical field.

For a list of the Top 10 please click on this link.
The story “Through the 21st Century Looking Glass” lets a reader gain insight to the rapid advancements created by e-Vision that are the driving technology behind remarkable products that are now in the market and others that will soon follow.  Joel Zychick, CEO e-Vision Smart Optics and the CTO, Tony Van Heugten both provide remarkable insight into the developments e-Vision has made. To read the article, please visit.

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Press Release March 2019


March 2019 (Sarasota Florida, USA – Tokyo, Japan)


TouchFocus™ Next Generation Eyewear expands its market share, including offering an expanded product base that now includes titanium frames into all of Japan with enhanced features backed by eVision Optics patented technology.

Mitsui Chemicals TouchFocus™ eyewear is now expanding its retail base moving into retail locations to cover most of Japan. “With designs featuring the “flowing line” design created in collaboration with world-renowned design firm IDEO, the innovation and design are opening up the marketplace utilizing the eVision Optics intellectual property license”, Joel D. Zychick, President & CEO e-Vision.

Award Winning Design
The announcement of expansion follows TouchFocus™ Next Generation Eyewear being awarded the 2018 Good Design Award (Organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion).

Good Design Award Evaluator’s Comment (Best 100*)
TouchFocus™ was awarded a high evaluation for several reasons. It fundamentally improves the usability of progressive lens by harnessing the power of electricity. Furthermore, all necessary components fit into the frame without interference to the wearer – weighing roughly the same as conventional eyewear. By doing so, the newness of the technology was not overly emphasized. The fact that the frame lineup includes a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials was also evaluated highly. Overall, the product feels natural, and future wearable devices would do well to take note of the design put forth here. We are looking forward to see how the product is further developed in the future.

TouchFocus™ technology to be available in Titanium Frames
Mitsui Chemicals also announced they will expand the lineup of TouchFocus™ next generation eyewear by introducing a new series of titanium frames. Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. partnered with one of Japan’s leading metal eyewear frame manufacturers. The soon to be offered frames will be available in different frame colors to include, blue, green, brown, black, and gunmetal. Titanium, with its excellent durability and outstanding aesthetic properties, allows for a thin and visually attractive titanium frame for TouchFocus™. The frames include a one-of-a-kind flat cable, an ultra-thin insulation piece and other parts, specifically designed for the titanium series of TouchFocus™ eyewear that utilizes eVision’s patented electronic wearable frames.

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Press Release October 2018


October 2018 (Sarasota Florida, USA – London, England)

The world is taking notice of advanced electronic eyewear technology featured in a news report by the BBC on TouchFocus™ eyewear by Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., utilizing licensed eVision™ LCD lens technology.Breaking news: the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) London, England took notice of the new release of TouchFocus™ electronic LCD lens eyewear with licensed technology by eVision™ Optics. The news release featured a story on the new product and how it works.


In a recent news report, a BBC reporter introduced the eVision™ technology and demonstrated how the new hi-tech glasses offer an alternative to bifocals utilizing LCD lenses that change focus with a touch. TouchFocus™ eyewear is available in retail stores in Toyko, Japan and is owned by parent company Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. The new eyewear with built in electronic technology helps overcome the vision issues caused by presbyopia. Presbyopia is the loss of near focus as we age and according to a global report by Market Scope (2012), the number of presbyopes is expected to soar to 2.1 billion by 2020.

A video produced by the BBC shows the stylish eyewear in use.  The reporter demonstrates how the eyewear electronically changes orientation of liquid crystals to shift the focus of the lenses to near reading like bifocals with a touch on the side of the frames. The reporter returns the eyewear to normal prescription viewing with another touch on the frames.

Credit: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)


“The new Touchfocus™ eyewear is as fashionable as they are functional by utilizing our licensed technology. We are excited to see highly respected global news organizations like the BBC highlight our patented LCD technology,” Joel Zychick, CEO, eVision™ Optics.


On sale in Japan and with licensing agreements available around the globe, electronic LCD eyewear technology is now capturing the imagination of consumers as eVision™ continues to drive technological advancements in the world of vision.



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Press Release September 2018


September 2018 (Sarasota Florida, USA, Vienna Austria)



Due to the increased interest in our new vision technologies, eVision™ developed videos to provide a greater understanding of the science behind the patented devices. The new videos and soon to be released white paper will help provide insight into the advances made by eVision™


Companies interested in eVision™ Optics new technology can now view a comprehensive set of videos on the website at They can contact the company to view the technology in person with the recent release of a mobile demonstration device that electronically controls different zones of focus in real time.

On the website, has four new videos on the technologies.

1)     The homepage features actual footage videotaped through the lens showing the activation of different field of focus electronically.

2)     The new website “Video Page” offers three new videos on eVision™ technologies

        Video 1 – e-Vision Technology – Capsule View

        Video 2 – e-Vision Technology – ECL and IOL’s

        Video 3 – e-Vision Technology – Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality and More…

These new videos come in advance of the release of a new white paper and speaking engagement by Tony Van Heugten titled “Electronically adjustable, liquid crystal based accommodating glasses, contact lenses and IOLs”.

“This year has been filled with advances for eVision™ Optics including the latest commercial release of the new Touch Focus eyewear by Mitsui. The completion of the electronic lens demonstration device and our new videos will provide a deeper understanding of all of our licensable technologies”, Joel Zychick, CEO, eVision™ Optics.

eVision™ works with companies to adapt eVision™ science to their products and embraces a business model allowing companies to participate in the final stages. “By working hand in hand with eVision™ in the final stages of development, licensees have a say in the final outcome”, Joel Zychick, CEO, eVision™ Optics.


Licensing benefits include:

        Reduced development costs

        Oversight of the final product features

        Product features designed to match the companies long term business goals

Making science easy to understand

“With the ability to focus over different focal lengths, many new products and opportunities open up in light of our advancements. With the new videos and the soon to be released white paper, our goal is to make it easier for people to understand our science and how our IP can ensure their products are relevant in the future”, Tony Van Heugten, CTO, eVision™ Optics.

New to the website

The new website’s home page shows an electronic lens as it focuses from distance to near intermediate, intermediate and close up or reading distance. The different focal lengths switch electronically and are controlled by a remote device. The lens default is distance viewing as a safety measure. Other technologies and facility videos are also available for viewing in the video section of the website explaining many of the benefits and future uses for the technologies offered.


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Press Release May 2018


May 2018 (Sarasota Florida, USA)


Today companies in the vision industry are on the hunt for “what’s next” as consumers continue the early adopter trend in selecting products with enhanced features.


The rapid advances in technology have opened the door to new products that enhance our lives.  Traditional vision care companies are now faced with the same technological challenges of being first to market or face the very real possibility of being left behind. Speeding up internal R&D or securing advanced technological partners in the vision industry has always been a challenge.  Companies must create products that are new and offer unique, futuristic features to keep up with consumer demand. “To help companies speed up the process of IP acquisition and make it easier to license technologies like the ones we have created, e-Vision is taking a two pronged approach to licensing our Intellectual Property”, Joel D. Zychick, President & CEO e-Vision.


Streamlining the licensing process

The first step, we continue to build a robust internal licensing department, with a focus on traditional vision applications (spectacles, contact lenses, IOLs and ophthalmic medical devices). This is a logical path for our company, as e-Vision has access to many brands in the industries through its Board of Directors and shareholders. We realized the process for licensing had to be much easier to implement across the vast spectrum of patented technologies we can license to our partners. Today the due diligence, information transfer and licensing process is much easier with our new internal licensing department.


Increasing access to e-Vision™ technologies

The second deliverable was to set up an easy to access technology licensing business so companies can quickly review, understand and license our patented science. The rapidly expanding Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) market is new to the vision industry. The participants and brands that are jumping into that market are related more to the consumer electronics market. We found the number of companies working on or marketing these products in the vision care market is growing at a rapid pace.  In the AR/VR market, e-Vision is in discussion with well known licensing companies to introduce

e-Vision’s wearable frame technology and Intellectual Property. e-Vision continues to communicate with all companies in need of licensing opportunities in this arena.


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Press Release April 2018


April 2018 (Sarasota Florida, USA)


Companies will be able to see how the Electronic Contact Lenses (ECL) now in development will work as the device electronically shifts focus on demand utilizing e-Vision Smart Optics patented technology available for licensing now.


E-Vision™ Smart Optics is proud to announce the successful completion of an electronic contact lens platform device to demonstrate the ability to electronically change diopters in real time to prospective licensing partners. “People are amazed as they see the lens in action, realizing how this technology can impact our industry by offering electronic diopter control. Our first in category electronically controlled features must be seen to believe”, Joel D. Zychick, President & CEO e-Vision. The Electronic Contact Lenses will offer impressive features including onboard power/control, remote setting and activation, dimensions that fit within current contact lens size requirements, and up to four diopters of control, or more, that can be switched in 50 milliseconds.

The Science behind the patented Electronic Contact Lenses

Sandwiched between three thin layers of polymer are two layers of liquid crystal, 8 microns thick.  In the unpowered mode, the liquid crystal molecules are in their relaxed state and provide no optical power.  When a small voltage is applied, the liquid crystal molecules begin to change their optical properties resulting in focus changes in the lens. The current device can be switched to one, two or three diopters of optical power but many other combinations can be designed into it, including higher and more distinct optical powers.  The commercial product will have its base optical power molded into the polymer, while the liquid crystal changes the optical power as required.  For example, if someone was near sighted, the contact lens would be molded to provide the user with best corrected distance vision, then be able to switch as needed to pre-programmed near focus, close intermediate focus, intermediate focus and distance.  All power, electronics, optics and communication components will be inside of the contact lens.  The power source will provide energy for a full day’s use and be recharged wirelessly when removed from the user’s eye overnight.

The prototype

The Electronic Contact Lens unit was created to demonstrate how the final product will perform.  A small camera allows the focus changes to be seen on a monitor, plus the lens can be removed from the camera and hand-held to look through and see with your own eyes the focus changes. “The device makes an impressive statement when you consider the scale required for the electronics and the increased performance Electronic Contact Lenses will provide”, Tony Van Heugten – Chief Technology Officer of e-Vision. Helbling, known around the world as a leader in electronic advancements in integrated technologies, is a valued partner behind this new technology.

The global contact lens market is anticipated to reach USD 17.72 billion by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research, Inc. (Aug 2017). An extension of contact use from 1-5 years in the existing base of contact users, could increase the contact lens profits in the industry by billions.

E-Vision Smart Optics, Inc., headquartered and with laboratories in Sarasota Florida, develops technologies related to the eye care industry.

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Press Release Nov 2017

NOV 2017 (Tokyo, Japan — Sarasota Florida, USA)


Electronic Liquid Crystal Eyewear to Become a Reality in 2018 Mitsui Chemicals Inc., Tokyo Japan, with business interests in Japan, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the USA, has announced the upcoming 2018 launch of eyeglasses that switch electronically between near and distance viewing utilizing e-Vision patented eyewear technology.

Utilizing “TouchFocus,” self activating touch sensor, in-frame battery and electronic control, this new product switches from near to distance in an instant. The rechargeable battery originally designed for about 10 hours of continuous use has proven to work up to two weeks as tested by internal employees. This battery combined with embedded electronic technology allows the user to control their eyewear through out the day.

“We are excited to see this new product move into launch, as this is another example of our patented technology providing advanced performance based on our science”, Joel D. Zychick, President & CEO e-Vision.

E-Vision Smart Optics, Inc., headquartered and with laboratories in Sarasota Florida, develops technologies related to the eye care industry. The Mitsui Chemicals, new “TouchFocus” glasses, targeting the presbyoptic market utilizes patents from the e-Vision portfolio of 375 patents issued and/or pending and the 150 patents owned by third parties, that e-Vision controls. E-Vision continues to be on the cutting edge of technology, another notable patent use is the current development of tunable optics e-Vision is developing for NASA.

Existing corrective lens market – Global market expected to grow from $7.4 billion in 2012 to $12.5 billion by 2020(1)

To find out more about this and other new technologies go to

(1) Grand View Research – Contact Lenses Market Analysis and Segment Forecasts to 2020


Press Release Feb 2016

NOV 2017 (Galveston, TX— Sarasota Florida, USA)


E-Vision Presents Scientific Poster at Annual Meeting for NASA- and NSBRI-Funded Investigators


“Electronic Adjustable Eyeglasses for Space and Earth” Poster Demonstrates Design and Methodology for e-Vision’s Fully Tunable Eyeglasses

Anthony Van Heugten, James Allen and Harry Milton today presented a scientific poster at the 2016 NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop, the annual meeting for NASA- and NSBRI-funded investigators. The poster describes the development program for e-Vision’s Electronic Focusing Eyeglasses to address loss of vision in astronauts during long-term exposure to microgravity on space flights.

Applying E-vision’s platform technology, Smart Focus Optics™, these Electronic Focusing Eyeglasses will feature an almost infinite number of prescription settings. The wearer will have the ability to instantly change far, near and middle-vision settings, which will be customized to the individual’s own needs.  These eyeglasses have the potential to provide astronauts with an immediate solution to visual changes that occur in space and may be useful to aid in an astronaut’s visual accommodation on earth once the space tour has been completed.

E-Vision is developing Electronic Focusing Eyeglasses for space travel under a grant from NSBRI-NASA. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Frontiers in Human Space Exploration Research.” The workshop’s goal is to provide an informal, collegial atmosphere for cross-disciplinary interaction.



Poster Below



Press Release Nov 2015

NOV 2015 (LAS VEGAS, NV, — Sarasota Florida, USA)

E-Vision Accelerates Development Program for First Fully Tunable Electronic Contact lens  

New patent, funding and commercial partnerships to deliver only contact lens allowing continuously adjustable focus
E-Vision Smart Optics, Inc., a Sarasota-based company specializing in electrically-modulated tunable lens technology, announced today that it is developing the first electronic contact lens (ECL) that will allow the wearer to continuously adjust far, near and middle-vision customized to the individual’s own needs.
This proprietary lens-based technology, already fabricated for electronic focusing eyeglasses, ophthalmic diagnostic equipment and in development with the U.S. military for augmented-reality head mounted displays, will now be integrated into standard contact lens designs.
Several important strategic efforts support e-Vision’s accelerated timeline to bring this fully tunable ECL to market.  E-vision recently closed a round of financing within its existing shareholder base to fund this development program.  Additionally, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), a science institute established by NASA, this week issued e-Vision a grant to develop the first fully tunable electronic eyeglasses to address the deterioration of vision that astronauts experience during space travel.
E-Vision has nearly 550 patents issued or pending worldwide to protect its intellectual property.  Its latest patent issued on October 13, 2015 (US 9155614 B2) titled, “Flexible dynamic electro-active lens,” provides exclusive use to e-Vision for the use of any flexible lens containing electro-active materials.
“E-Vision is the leading developer of electrically-modulated lenses and the fully tunable electronic contact lens is the exciting next phase in our development,” said Joel D. Zychick, President and CEO of e-Vision.  “This will be the only flexible contact lens giving the end-user the ability to choose from a variety of prescription settings and to dynamically change focus while correcting for a variety of visual impairments, including myopia, hyperopia and higher order aberrations.  The first prototype of e-Vision’s ECL will be available by late next year.”
“The platform technology behind e-Vision’s ECL is based on years of research and fine-tuning to identify the best known methods for activating electro-optics in liquid crystal to achieve visual outcomes that have never before been available for a contact lens,” said Philip J. Bos, Professor, Chemical Physics Program, Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University.  “E-Vision has forged close working relationships with scientists, the U.S. military and the private sector, all of whom have collectively contributed to significant advancements in this field as well as our understanding of electronic lenses.”
About the ECL
E-Vision’s ECL will have the same look and feel of a traditional flexible contact lens, but unlike fixed lenses, it will allow the wearer to select pre-set focus ranges to change prescription in as little time as 200 milliseconds.  Featuring the Company’s Smart Focus Optics™ platform technology, the ECL contains an electric field surrounded by a tiny, near invisible layer of liquid crystal material (similar to the screen on a laptop or smart phone).  When powered with tiny amounts of electricity (microwatts), uniquely placed electrodes activate the liquid crystal layer and specific optical focus profiles can be achieved.  These profiles can create hyperopic or myopic spherical shapes as well as aspheric shapes. E-Vision’s ECL power requirements are incredibly efficient so the lens can operate independent of frames or wearable charging stations.
About e-Vision
E-Vision has been a pioneer in electronic lens modulation with more than 15 years of experience designing and fabricating optics that control and shape light with no moving parts.  E-Vision’s platform technology, Smart Focus Optics™, relies on electrically modulating optics and lenses to refract, diffract or diffuse light. This tunable technology can be applied to lenses of any kind – including eyeglasses, contact lenses, intraocular lenses, VR & AR systems and camera lenses.  And, it can be integrated into either flat or curved surfaces, whether rigid or flexible.
E-Vision is a privately held Delaware-based Corporation with its development facility and administrative offices located in Sarasota, Florida. The parent company was established in 1999 and its initial focus was technology licensing and transfer activities for lens-based applications. In 2010, e-Vision created Smart Optics, Inc., to expand its development platform to also address all conventional and/or fluidic/liquid lenses that have electronics associated with them.  For more information, please visit