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From now, we have entered the exciting era of bionics, we have discussed progress made to improve the condition of people with physical deficiencies, such as a lack of limb or limitations in mobility that would not allow them to walk. Today we are going to talk about a technology that would not only improve the sight of people who have visual problems, but could even endow people with a superhuman vision capacity i.e. BIONIC Lens. With age we are losing faculties, we can no longer read the small print closely, our eyes get tired and even we can get dizzy. Thanks to this new invention, this will not happen again.
We know the news through the Vancouver Sun, which informs us of the work of Canadian doctor Garth Webb, founder of Ocumetics. After 8 years of work and research and after spending $ 3 million, the developer of Ocumetics Bionic Lens, a new type of button-shaped bionic lenses that promises to revolutionize the field of vision.
According to the Canadian daily, the contacts developed by Dr. Webb’s team would be aimed at patients affected by cataracts, an ailment that obscures the natural lens of the eye and may even damage other parts of the eye; they, in addition to improving vision, would be able to protect the eye from problems arising from cataracts.
The bionic lens, called the “Ocumetics Bionic Lens”, would end the need for glasses, contact lenses, glasses or progressive lenses and would allow an optimal vision regardless of the age or health of a person, according to CBC.
But what is truly striking about the news is that, according to its developers, the lenses could multiply the reach of human vision by 3 times even in people who had a normal vision, called 20/20 vision, According to the Snellen test. (It is estimated, of course, that eagles and other birds of prey have a vision around 100/20, i.e. about 5 times sharper than normal human vision).
So, as Dr. Webb tells CBC News, “if you can barely see a clock when it is 10 feet away, with the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet.” That is, the lenses would increase the “definition” with which its user is able to see the world, and triple its visual acuity.
“My heroes were the cowboys, and the cowboys just did not wear glasses,” Webb says.
We must know that there is already a type of lens that is inserted inside the cornea to enable the vision to myopic people, which cannot see in the middle and long distances. What happens with this lens is, as with the natural lens of the eye, the lens, tends to deteriorate, decreasing the quality of vision causing the toxic agents of these lenses, or the lens itself, to be released into the camera of the eye. These substances could damage the layer of corneal endothelial cells needed as they perform a cleaning function. That is why Ocumetics Bionic Lenses, built with inert, bio compatible and polymeric materials that do not cause adverse bio physiological changes within the eye, have been born.
The implantation of the BIONIC Lens would require a surgery of hardly 8 minutes, the lenses will be made to measure for each person. The lens itself is folded like a wad and placed in a syringe filled with saline solution, then placed in the eye where it then deploys in a matter of seconds. In addition its use would require a much less effort for the approach than the effort that our natural lenses demand (those that are of natural form in our eyes), reason why, According to Dr. Webb, the age of the person, even if advanced, would not be a problem to control the bionic lens.
The intraocular lens self-regulates within the eye, after being inserted under a 2.7 millimeter incision. The insertion procedure inside the eye is similar to that of the cataract operation. It focuses on replacing your original lens. All vision problems such as myopia (not see in the distance), presbyopia (tired sight, deterioration by age), farsightedness (not see up close), or astigmatism (images lose definition), could be solved with this small operation. However, to this day we still cannot benefit from it, it must be tested more carefully and reliably, so we will have to wait a couple of more years to become available. Meanwhile, we only have to enjoy contact lenses and glasses for a lifetime.
Recently, Webb’s new technology made waves in the world of ophthalmology after presenting the lens during a meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
According to Webb, surgeons around the world were intrigued by the design of the bionic lens.
“I think this team is going to bring us closer to the holy grail of excellent vision across all ranges, distant, intermediate and up close,” said Dr. Vincent DeLuise, an Ophthalmologist who teaches at Yale University and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
Ocumetics lenses will begin clinical testing by the end of last year in Canada, the United States and other countries. In the first place, and as is usual in these cases, the first tests will be done with animals; After a few months it is anticipated that they will be able to be carried out with people, in principle not to risk damages in the vision of the participants. Following this process, the competent health authorities will decide on the use of this technology; the promoters expect their commercial use to be authorized around 2017, although it will depend on the process followed in each country. The bionic contact lens price will be around $3200 per lens.
The truth is that the technology that promises Ocumetics seems impressive, so we look forward to the results of clinical trials. In any case, and although it does not seem that – still – this type of technologies are intended to apply to “healthy” people, what is clear is that the transhumanist dream of overcoming the limits of the human body is taking shape; It is inevitable that, over time, advances will develop that are capable of improving not only the human vision, but the rest of the senses and many functions of the human body, including the mental ones.
So, although for the moment I do not think it a good idea to follow in the footsteps of the delirious Douglas (character of the hilarious series The IT crowd, who cut a healthy arm to graft a bionic).
Webb hopes this new technology will revolutionize eye care, which could alleviate the need for laser eye surgery in the future.
“The perfect view should be a human right,” Webb said.
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