Google Glass may have found a prescription lens partner

Google is in talks with VSP Global -- a nationwide eye care insurer that also make lenses and frames -- to make Glass available at optometry clinics.

Google Glass developers at a Glass hackathon in San Francisco earlier this week. Google is in talks with at least one vision care provider to integrate Glass into offered vision care services. James Martin/CNET

Google is in talks with an American vision benefits provider to get Google Glass into the hands of the people who know eyes the best: doctors.

VSP Global, which insures eye care for millions of Americans and also makes eyeglass lenses and frames, has been talking to Google about how best to integrate Google Glass into prescription glasses and casual frames, according to The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

VSP's chief executive, Robert Lynch, said that the plans discussed have included training optometrists to fit Google Glass for patients, developing prescription lenses that accommodate the wearable computer's prism, and making more fashionable frames for Glass.

Google declined to comment, saying only that the company has noted publicly that it has been working to create prescription frames for Glass "for some time."

Update, 2:10 p.m. PT: with statement from Google.

Correction, 12:15 p.m. PT: The headline on this story has been changed to reflect that Google and VSP Global are in talks.

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