BELLEVUE, Wash.—Innovega reported that it filed four new patent applications for automated systems to enable eyecare practitioners to efficiently and consistently fit contact lenses and augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) display-equipped eyewear. The four applications describe the apparatus and methods for image detection and measurements required for fitting contact lenses and eyewear. "More than 50 percent of Americans require prescription lenses to enjoy clear vision and more than 11 percent wear contact lenses," said Dr. Jerome Legerton, Innovega co-founder and lead inventor.

"Most all have access to professional eyecare. Innovega holds the belief that a significant percentage of AR and VR eyewear will be prescribed and dispensed by licensed eyecare professionals to manage the need for vision correction. We believe this delivery system will represent the segment we call Personalized Extended Reality, and automated fitting can reduce the amount of time for practitioners and patients to fit our iOptik contact lenses and display eyewear."
Steve Willey, Innovega co-founder and CEO, added, "There is a need to reduce the time required in prescribing contact lenses and glasses, while facilitating consistent outcomes. We see these systems as enabling technologies that will assist our commercial launch partners across a wide range of AR and VR applications."

Innovega is in clinical development for its FDA market clearance for iOptik contact lenses in the U.S., along with seeking CE marking for the commercial launch in Europe.