They laughed when i modeled my belay glasses after antique reading glasses, but when the glasses cured my neck pain...
People would constantly come up to me and ask where I got my belay glasses, saying they wanted a pair of their own. That's how Belay Optics got started.
My name is Elyn Lytton, and I’m a biotech researcher, a mom (to climbers), and a rock climber. My home gym is the Boulder Rock Club (BRC).
Pain is a great motivator
Back in 2010, I got back into climbing 2 – 3 days per week and noticed my neck was starting to hurt from belaying so much. I remembered an old antique pair of reading glasses I had - the kind that allow you to sit in bed and hold your head straight but look down at your book. I had picked them up at a garage sale many years prior (I love old things).
I took the glasses to an optometrist and asked if they could reverse the lenses so instead of looking down I could look up.
My invention worked for the most part, but they slipped down my nose while belaying, they were heavy, they didn’t quite work with my prescription glasses, and they weren’t at the best angle to properly see my climber. But I kept using them because they worked better than nothing.
Never Give Up The Climb
I decided then that I wanted to create belay glasses that would:
- Work well both indoors and out.
- Be able to adjust to fit almost any size person.
- Most importantly allow me to wear my prescription glasses while climbing without having to wear two pair of glasses.
In the design process of Belay Optics, we went through many different styles and iterations and finally settled on fully adjustable clip-on belay glasses (Patent D730.974).
I hope these glasses are exactly what you’ve been looking for to prevent your neck pain and allow you to give safer belays.