A new eye lens currently in development will give humans unprecedented eyesight that’s far better than 20/20 vision.
Perfect eyesight for everyone, including those who are old or who have health problems, will soon be a reality as an optometrist from British Columbia has developed a new lens that will give people vision that’s three times greater than 20/20, reports CBC News.
Dr. Garth Webb, the designer of the new lens, calls it the Bionic Lens. The new technology aims to replace laser vision, which sometimes loses its effectiveness over time and may lead to cataracts. It took Webb eight years and $3 million in funding, which went towards research and development, to create the lens.
The eight-minute procedure to implant the lens is painless and is similar to cataract surgery. Each lens is custom-made and placed into a syringe filled with saline before it gets inserted in the eye.
Webb told CBC News that perfect eyesight would result from wearing the Ocumetrics Bionic Lens “no matter how crummy your eyes are.”
“This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before. “If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away.“
The lens also has another wow factor: those who sign up for the surgery will never get cataracts. That’s because the lens will replace the natural eye, the latter of which can cause discomfort if it’s not treated.
Webb used his own experience to create the Ocumetics Bionic Lens. He resented having to wear corrective lenses since the second grade and had an “obsession” to go without them, finding them a great insult even when he got older. Webb said:
“At age 45 I had to struggle with reading glasses, which like most people, I found was a great insult. To this day I curse my progressive glasses. I also wear contact lenses, which I also curse just about every day.”
Webb’s lens has been met with great enthusiasm. His idea was recognized at a recent American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery conference, and Webb says that all over the world, his design has been supported by optometrists and scientists. Dr. Vincent DeLuise, an ophthalmologist who teaches at Yale University, summarized the new product by saying:
“I think this device is going to bring us closer to the holy grail of excellent vision at all ranges — distant, intermediate and near.”
While the Ocumetics Bionic Lens still needs to undergo clinical trials on animals and those people who are blind, we can expect it to appear on the market in around two years.
Webb summed up the need for the bionic lenses with a few choice words:
“Perfect eyesight should be a human right.”