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The future of eyewear is here thanks to Toronto-based Specsy. The innovative, technology-driven company, which formed just a couple of years ago, was the first to bring multi-colour 3D printed eyewear to the marketplace. Using Specsy's retail-ready app that features 3D face-scanning and aug- mented reality capabilities, eye care professionals can design, in-store, truly one-of-a-kind eyeglasses that match each patient's aesthetic pref- erences, like for colour, design and shape, and technical requirements, such as dimensions for bridges and temples. The frames are then created using a state-of-the-art 3D printer. Specsy printed its first pair of frames in November 2016, utilizing the expertise it gained through affiliate company Canaray, which operates a leading 3D printing facility for dental implant surgical guides. Earlier this year, the company announced the launch of its 3D printed custom eyewear line in the United States. Specsy now has plans to expand its product offerings by adding new materials for patients and ECPs to choose from. With this being Optical Prism's technology issue, we believe Specsy's revolutionary business model makes it the perfect company to feature. Recently, we caught up with Ashley Barby, Specsy's chief operating officer, to find out more about the company, what sets it apart from other eyewear firms that produce 3D frames and its plans for the future. EYE FOCUS | August 2018 13