Bionic Eye Lens To Offer Superhuman Vision

Bionic Eye Lens To Offer Superhuman Vision

Forget laser eye surgery. Bionic lenses could soon improve your vision permanently - and make your vision three times better than 20/20.

Canadian optometrist Dr Gareth Webb could be in danger of putting opticians around the world out of business by inventing artificial lenses which would replace the natural ones in your eye to give everyone superhuman vision. The lens works by utilising a dinky bio-mechanical camera which can shift focus from close range to the far distance much faster than the human brain is able to.

The Ocumetics Bionic Lens doesn't sit on the surface of the eyeball, but is injected into it through a short, simple process similar to cataract surgery. A small incision in the eye - just 2.7 mm - would be needed. Having the lenses injected into both eyes would also prevent the occurrence of cataracts, which often develop as people get older to cause cloudy vision. The lens is made from inert biocompatible polymeric materials that do not cause adverse biophysical changes within the eye.

Clinical trials on animals and humans are coming soon, and depending on regulatory processes in each country, Webb hopes the Bionic Lens will be commercially available by 2017. The company predicts that the cost will be in the region of $3,200 per eye.

Webb hopes that the technology could one day be used for other applications, such as to create headsets that could replace mobile devices, TVs and computer display monitors.

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