A Canadian Optometrist has developed a bionic lens as a replacement for a patient’s own natural lenses that he claims would help the recipient see three times better than 20/20 vision.
Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist and CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp., says that the surgery required to replace the patient’s lens with the new ones would be an eight-minute procedure, involving injecting the curled-up lens into the patient’s eye with a syringe.
"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," according to Webb. While the lenses have yet to undergo clinical trials, Webb feels that they will be available to the public in two years.
Yale University ophthalmologist Dr. Vincent DeLuise is optimistic about the new invention. "I think this device is going to bring us closer to the holy grail of excellent vision at all ranges — distant, intermediate and near."