Google Glass glasses are covered by insurance

by: Shawn IngramJanuary 29, 2014

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With Google Glass now supporting prescription lenses, it only stands to reason that insurance companies will have to be involved in the process for some users, and so far one company is stepping up.

VPS Global announced that it will start offering prescription lenses to Google Glass users, subtracting a bit from the cost of the already expensive wearable. VPS won’t cover the $1500 cost of the Explorer Edition of Google Glass, but it will reimburse users for lenses for their face computers depending on their prescription.

The insurance provider is already working with Google to put together a program that will train optometrists to work with Google Glass. Turns out attaching a head-up display to a pair of glasses is a pretty complicated process, especially when those glasses have to be adjusted for each individual wearer.

For now the chance to get reimbursed for prescription lenses attached to Google Glass will only matter to a few people, but it’s an important step for when the device is actually released to the public. Those who can justify paying $1500 to be Explorers might not balk at paying outright for prescription lenses for their glasses, but those of us who might buy Glass at a lower price after public release will. It’s nice to see Google is thinking about every aspect of this before launch.

Now it just needs to get more insurance companies on board to support the device.

Are you more excited for Google Glass now that it supports prescription lenses?

  • AndroidBoss

    Great! This makes me want to buy this $1500-$3000 thing.

    • Jayfeather787

      Yeah!! Everyone wants a pair of 1500 dollar glasses! This is exciting and all, but its just…so damn expensive.

      • AndroidBoss

        They’re a waste of money for now…

    • A googler

      Seriously? You want to look like a compete tit and invite people to beat you up? I guess everyone to their own

  • Jayfeather787

    Well it better be covered if it costs this much. Now I won’t have to spend 15 minutes and switch to Geico :P
    I think the Atheer One Labs are much better.

  • Cole Raney

    If the price of Google glass drops, and insurance companies actually at least partially cover prescription Google glass. Well then, I may switch back to glasses.

  • Paul Taylor

    Prescription lenses only matter to a few people? “The Vision Council of America estimates that seventy-five (75%) percent of American adults use a form of vision correction: sixty-four (64%) percent of them using glasses, eleven (11%) percent of them using contacts.” (Source: That’s a lot of potential customers!

  • apianist16

    The thing I like about Glass is that it is pretty minimalistic, unlike a lot of other headsets. You can wear it and not attract too much undue attention. Once the whole platform matures a little more, I think I’ll spring for one.