Bionic Contacts: Goodbye Glasses. Hello Vision That’s 3x Better Than 20/20

Most of us take our vision for granted. As a result, we take the ability to read, write, drive, and complete a multitude of other tasks for granted. However, unfortunately, sight is not so easy for everyone.

For many people, simply seeing is a struggle. In fact, more than 285 million people worldwide have vision problems, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). 

Cataracts account for about a third of these. The National Eye Institute reports that more than half of all Americans will have cataracts or will have had cataract surgery by the time they are 80, and in low- and middle-income countries, they’re the leading cause of blindness.

But now, people with vision problems may have new hope.


A Welcome Sight
Soon, cataracts may be the thing of the past, and even better, it may be possible to see a staggering three times better than 20/20 vision. Oh, and you could do it all without wearing glasses or contacts.

So what exactly does having three times better vision mean? If you can currently read a text that is 10 feet away, you would be able to read the same text from 30 feet away. What’s more, people who currently can’t see properly might be able to see a lot better than the average person.

This development comes thanks to the Ocumetics Bionic Lens. This dynamic lens essentially replaces a person’s natural eye lens. It’s placed into the eye via a saline-filled syringe, after which it unravels itself in under 10 seconds.

It may sound painful, but Dr. Garth Webb, the optometrist who invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, says that the procedure is identical to cataract surgery and would take just about eight minutes. He adds that people who have the specialized lenses surgically inserted would never get cataracts and that the lenses feel natural and won’t cause headaches or eyestrain.

The Bionic Lens may sound like a fairy tale (or sci-fi dream), but it’s not. It is actually the end result of years and years of research and more than a little funding — so far, the lens has taken nearly a decade to develop and has cost US$3 million.

There is still some ways to go before you will be able to buy them, but if the timeline Webb offered in an interview with Eye Design Optometry holds up, human studies will begin in July 2017, and the bionic lenses will be available to the public soon.

Comments

  1. It's now 2019---why is this article circulating now??? And WHERE exactly are these fabulous lenses????

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    1. I hope it is not vaporware but it is looking like that more and more the Ocumetics website never updates their info update since 2017 they just change the date on the website, like they have recently updated their info but nothing has changed they stated that due to some design changes in 2017 that the FDA approvals would take an eta of 2018 it is now 2019 and not a peep, I have been waiting for years now, maybe some company will do it but Ocumetics is looking unlikely.

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    2. Right, Marily Z. I have been following also and find the same dated info you stated. Where is this lens? When will it really be available?

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  2. Their site says "The Bionic LensTM is currently undergoing clinical testing with the ultimate goal of clinical approval."

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    1. Yeah it has said that for several years now,they were supposed to be done with clinical trials in 2018 and here we are in 2019 and nothing is updated.

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