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Google Glass Prescription lenses reportedly priced, due after CES 2014

Google Glass prescription lenses
At least you'll look like a smart Glasshole

Nearsighted and farsighted early adopters have a date in sight for the first prescription lenses that are compatible with Google Glass.

Rochester Optical, previously confirmed to be ramping up Google Glass lenses sometime in the future, is said to be ready to offer pre-orders for $99 (about £60, AU$110), according to SlashGear.

That's a very small chunk of change compared to the $1,500 (about £906, AU$1,677) that Google Glass Explorers have already sunk into the invite-only gadget.

It's also a priceless add-on given the fact that Google Glass currently doesn't work with normal eyeglasses. It's an investment worth making for a large portion of tech enthusiasts.

Prescription Google Glass release date

Pre-orders from this New York-based startup are supposed to begin after CES 2014 next week and are thought to be different from Google's Prescription Glass prototype.

A recent questionnaire made the Rochester Optical lenses sound as if they work along the lines of the clip-on clear shield and tinted sunglasses that fasten between the Google Glass nosepieces.

Google's version, meanwhile, is expected to replace the frame entirely but keep the heads-up display, according to leaked photos of the prototype. Sadly, it has no price or release date yet.

While we're not sure which design will be better, pre-orders for the affordable Rochester Optical lenses may very well be the first solution for glasses wearers out there.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief Editor who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the ripe at of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 600,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.