For hundreds of years traditional, passive prescription glasses and contact lenses have been the go-to solutions for correcting poor eyesight. Jelle De Smet, however, is looking to disrupt ophthalmological innovation with his flexible, tunable lenses.
De Smet developed flexible, spherically shaped liquid crystal displays (LCD) while completing his PhD and is now using this technology to help treat presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness, and other sight threatening complications. Eyeco eyeCo, the company De Smet helped found, is designing a tunable lens that can adapt to different situations and be used in eyeglasses. Eyeco eyeCo plans to achieve a fully functional prototype by the summer of 2017 and a product ready for commercial markets by the summer of 2018.