Years of research by a Canadian optometrist,Dr Gareth Webb has culminated in a break through bionic eye lens, which can boost human eye vision by many times the standard 20/20 scale. This technology would replace the eye glasses and contact lenses of people, once it hits the market. Older vision supporting techniques, such as contact lenses can, at most , achieve the 20/ 20 vision, but the bionic lens enhances or multiplies the sight power. According to dr. Webb in an interview to a local television, ” Right now, if you can barely check wall clock time at a 10 feet distance, once operated with the bionic lens, you can watch the clock from as far as 30 feet. Senior citizen can also benefit from the treatment.”
The surgical procedure will be no different from the usual cataract surgery. In a 10 minutes operation, rolling bionic lens in a solution of saline, would be injected through a syringe directly into the patient’s eye and that’s it! There seems to be no risk of any medical side effects, such as headache or eye strain, in the future. The lens is non-degradable and will work permanently for entire life. People with cataract would also benefit as the procedure removes the natural eye lens, which decays with age.
Clinical trials around the corner!
The Optometrics company,Ocumetics Technology, which funds the treatment, is ready to start clinical trials on the blind people and animals before the official commencement of the procedure in 2017. According to the company the lens works just like a digital camera, shifting focus on far or near-by images.
In an event conducted in a U.S city, dr.Webb presented his invention to the group of opthalomologists and convinced them of how important and successful the procedure could be. The doctors attending the meeting had some reservations about the research, as these sorts of innovations were claimed by other researchers In the past too, but achieved nothing.
Dr. Webb has had to experience the same weak eye sight problem in his life, which tempted him to do invent something extraordinary. He would feel insulting to his image, while wearing eye glasses. In his part time, he manages a charitable organisation, which funds opto-institutes in the poor countries to research on eye related diseases.
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