Bionic Lens Could Provide Super Sight

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Bionic lenses could not only eliminate the need for prescription glasses and contacts, but also provide super sight. These artificial lenses, which were invented by an optometrist in Canada, do not just restore eyesight, but enhance and optimize vision as well. According to the inventor and developer Gareth Webb, these lenses may enhance human eyesight up to three times optimization more than 20/20, which is the universal standard for normal vision. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens has been in development for more than eight years, and the project has a $3 million price tag to date.

These super sight lenses are not typical use-by-day and remove-at-night ones. In fact, the bionic lenses are implanted into the eye via a relatively painless and simple surgical procedure that lasts approximately 10 minutes. Webb contends the procedure is similar to having a cataract removed. The lenses would be custom-made on an individual basis, folded into a saline syringe similar to a taco, and then, they are injected directly into the eye where the lens would unravel into place within 10 seconds. Details regarding the promising and innovative surgical procedure were presented at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s annual meeting.

The bionic lens is composed of a patented optics system, which is miniaturized and works in league with a microscopic digital camera. However, this replacement part does not require an external power source, which usually restricts the use and function of other bionic body parts. Instead, this system is powered by the human body in which it is implanted.

Other potential benefits of this procedure are that the lenses could do far more than just restore vision, and they do not degrade over time. This impressive aspect of the lenses eliminates the possibility of users developing cataracts later on in life. Moreover, these bionic lenses will not only restore vision that stays intact throughout the user’s life, but could also provide a person with super sight.

Currently, Webb’s team is waiting to start clinical trials on animals. If there are no unforeseen hurdles and the human trials also go well, the bionic lens could be available in Canada within two years. If this procedure is approved and becomes mainstream, these artificial, super sight lenses could not only replace the need for contacts and corrective lenses, but could also change the lives of millions of visually impaired Americans, as well as those who wear glasses and contacts around the world.

In addition to getting his work approved in Canada and the U.S., Webb has also established a foundation called Celebration of Sight, which raises money for eye surgery in developing nations and to build eye institutions throughout the world. The doctor feels “perfect eyesight should be a human right.” Dr. Webb’s mission to correct poor eyesight was a personal one. His decade-long dedication to the project stems from his own personal frustration of wearing glasses since he was in second grade. When he reached 45 and had to wear reading glasses over his contacts, the doctor knew a better option and way of life must exist.

The need for prescription glasses and contacts could become obsolete if bionic lenses live up to their promise. Moreover, these innovative lenses could also provide super sight. The artificial lenses, which were invented by Dr. Gareth Webb, who is an optometrist in Canada, do not just restore eyesight, but enhance and optimize vision as well. According to the inventor and developer, bionic lenses may enhance human eyesight up to three times optimization more than 20/20, which is the universal standard for normal vision.The Ocumetics Bionic Lens has been in development for more than eight years, and the project has a $3 million price tag to date. If the clinical trials go well, the lens could be available on the market within the next two years.

By Leigh Haugh

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Sources:
Medical Daily–Bionic Lenses Improve Eyesight Three Times Better Than 20/20 Vision
Digital Trends–Ocumetics Bionic Lens Implant Promises Eyesight Better Than 20/20
Empire State Tribune–The World According to Bionic Lenses