Ron Walker, longtime eyecare industry publisher, has joined the Scientific and Advisory Boards of Innovega. Innovega is developing "eMacula," a human-friendly, panoramic-field-of-view system for augmented reality and virtual reality using a combination of contact lenses and eyewear instead of a heavy and cumbersome AR apparatus.
“Ron brings much needed experience and talent to Innovega,” says Steve Willey, Innovega co-founder, president, and CEO. “His expertise in publishing, social media management, digital media, and public relations outreach to consumers and eyecare practitioners will strengthen our ability to communicate our value in the emerging field of extended reality.”
Walker has a long history in the eyecare industry. In 1999 he co-founded AllAboutVision.com, a website educating consumers about eye health and vision correction, and served as its publisher for 18 years. From 1985 to 1992, he was publisher of Contact Lens Spectrum and was a partner in Viscom Publications, which at the time also published Eyecare Business. In 1997, Walker co-founded Contact Lenses Today, the first email newsletter for eyecare professionals, in partnership with Dr. Joseph Barr and Contact Lens Spectrum. He began his career in 1977 with an advertising and PR firm specializing in retail optical, and also held editorial and sales positions with Optometric Management, Ophthalmology Management (EB sister magazines), and Contact Lens Forum magazines.
Walker serves on the U.S. Advisory Committee of Optometry Giving Sight and assists the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association with various online educational efforts.
Innovega also announced this week its latest patent allowance that will advance the company’s smart contact lens technology. The recently allowed patent, “Contact Lens and Method and Systems for Constructing a Contact Lens,” claims the ability to supply the required oxygen to the cornea when the lens contains components that are not oxygen permeable.
The family of Innovega patents claim systems and methods for coupling eyeborne optics with display eyewear in pursuit of two goals: eliminating the need to wear a heavy, cumbersome apparatus; and delivering a panoramic field of view instead of the narrow field that’s inherent with conventional waveguide optics. According to Innovega, its eMacula combination of stylish glasses and smart contact lenses provides the user with a discreet, high-performance entertainment and information experience that goes beyond any available system.