This is a pair of spectacles that has a flip function using an innovative leaf spring hinge design. Traditionally, optometrists specify progressive lenses for users who require two levels of sight function. Existing flip-up spectacles have design limitations and fail in function due to their reliance on a screw hinge that loosens following multiple usage. The designers set out to redesign the existing offering, resulting in a patented leaf spring hinge that is also used in the side arms of the spectacles. The hinge system was tested for 10,000 cycles over a seven-day period and it still operated with full functionality.
The Jury praised the use of titanium in the construction of the spectacles. This premium material adds to the overall design aesthetic, resulting in a beautiful synthesis of form and function. Even though the designers incorporated additional functionality with a flipping lens system, there has been no compromise on form. As a stand-alone pair of spectacles, it is elegant and sophisticated, with perfect proportions.
Another clever design feature is the ability for users to change the lenses without the need for screws. New lenses can simply be snapped in.
The Jury commends the attention to detail and was unanimous in its decision to select this project as an outstanding example of design excellence.
The Eyelet Flip eyewear is an ingenious design. Some presbyopia patients choose not to wear progressive lenses due to cost, unwillingness, or simply because they are not suited to wearing progressive lenses. The Eyelet Flip provides an alternative vision solution, giving presbyopia patients flexibility and convenience.
To pair with prescription lenses, simply flip up the frame-front. The Eyelet Flip offers the wearer not only the convenience of not having to remove their glasses for reading or doing close-range activities, but also a wider vision field without any visual constraints. When paired with sun lenses, the Eyelet Flip shields the wearer’s eyes from sunlight, and provides clear vision. This is especially useful for the wearer when driving or engaging in outdoor activities.
The full-rimmed frame front of Eyelet Flip is attached to the block titanium top bar with a specially developed hook structure, unlike other flip eyewear that uses conventional screws and hinges that require constant tightening of the screws (which loosen after being tightened a few times). This is the reason conventional flip eyewear has never gained popularity.
The Eyelet Flip hook structure, on the other hand, is durable, and remains tight and springy without needing maintenance. Made from surgical stainless steel and block titanium, the Eyelet Flip is lightweight and durable, and truly reduces problems brought about by conventional flip eyewear. With the ageing population around the world, and the large numbers of presbyopia patients, the Eyelet Flip is surely an essential eyewear solution.