Bionic Lens Gives Perfect Vision; Could Render Glasses, Cataracts, Laser Eye Surgery Obsolete

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A Canadian optometrist has invented the Ocumetic Bionic Lens which, when implanted into the eye, will give people three times better than 20/20 vision. According to Dr. Garth Webb, the lens would give patients perfect vision and things like cataracts could become a thing of the past as the Bionic Lens replaces the natural lens in the eye.

The Ocumetic Bionic Lens looks like a tiny button and would be suitable for those over the age of 25 who require corrective lenses. The procedure would see the lens inserted into the eye via a saline-filled syringe where it unfolds itself in about 10 seconds; the entire procedure would take about eight minutes, is painless, and instantly corrects the patient’s sight.

“This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before,” says Webb. “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.”

Webb has spent eight years and $3 million in research to develop the lens and recently presented it at the yearly American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery conference. One of the ophthalmologists interested in the technology, Dr. Vincent DeLuise from Yale University, is excited for the lens.

“There’s a lot of excitement about the Bionic Lens from very experienced surgeons who perhaps had some cynicism about this because they’ve seen things not work in the past. They think that this might actually work and they’re eager enough that they all wish to be on the medical advisory board to help him on his journey. I think this device is going to bring us closer to the holy grail of excellent vision at all ranges — distant, intermediate and near.”

The lens is expected to be made available within the next couple years after it undergoes clinical trials – first on animals, followed by trials on blind human eyes. Not only will the lens make contacts, glasses, and progressive glasses obsolete, it could also make operations like laser surgery a thing of the past.


Photo of the Ocumetic Bionic Lens (image courtesy Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Depending on cost, this could be a very lucrative venture for Webb. I for one would be very interested in something like this and being able to throw away my corrective lenses for good.

What do you think about this new technology? Would you be willing to have Ocumetic Bionic Lenses implanted into your eyes in order to have better than 20/20 vision? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

  Source: CTV News
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