Google hopes designer frames will help Glass

January 29, 2014 

Google Glass is getting glasses.

The computerized, Internet-connected goggles don’t actually come with lenses in the frame.

Starting Tuesday, Google is offering an optional attachment for prescription lenses and new styles of detachable sunglasses. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass — basically a small computer, with a camera and a display screen above the wearer’s right eye — available to the general population later this year.

Google says some insurance plans may cover the cost of the frames. VSP, which covers 64 million people in the U.S., will also provide coverage for the frames and prescription lenses as part of its partnership with Google. VSP’s typical allowances for frames can range from $80 to $160.

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