This comes from information that was originally published back in June of 2015.
This lens is called the Ocumetrics Bionic Lens that was created by Dr. Garth Webb, a British Columbia optometrist who was searching for a method of optimizing eyesight suitable for humans of any age.
The lens was so remarkable that it allowed patients to achieve perfect vision, end the requirement for glasses while driving, contacts, or progressive lenses. According to CBC reports, transformations in the eye-care industry are set to make each of these a distant memory.
Another amazing benefit of having this lens surgically implanted is that patients will never get cataracts. This is due to the fact that it will not decay the way the natural eye lens does over time.
The best candidate, according to Webb, is the one whose eye is fully developed and that is anyone older than 25.
He goes on to say that this kind of vision enhancement has never before been seen. For instance, is it is hard to see the hands on a clock at 10 feet, the Bionic Lens will let you see it clearly at a distance of 30 feet.
Each lens is custom-made and folded into a saline-filled syringe like a taco. When placed in the eye, it will unravel properly in just 10 minutes. Its creator explains that the surgery takes about 8 minutes and patients realize immediate vision correction.
Webb told CBC this project has been ongoing for eight years at a cost of $3 million for research and development, acquisition of international patents and Delta, B.C facilities for biomedical manufacturing.
During a recent gathering of the American society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Webb’s efforts were recognized for due to his presentation of these lenses to 14 of top San Diego ophthalmologists.
Webb insists that surgeons all over the world are impressed and intrigues by this clever design for vision correcting eye surgery.
Dr. Vincent DeLuise thinks this device will one day become the holy grail for improving vision at every range from near to distant and everything in between. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. DeLuise is a teacher at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College and Yale University.
If clinical trials on animals and humans who have lost their sight, the Bionic Lens should be available in Canada in as little as two years. Of course, this depends on the regulatory process in various countries.
Webb hopes that this lens will eliminate the necessity for laser eye surgery which is still an inefficient procedure.
Webb considers eyesight a basic human right.
According to Dr. Webb’s first assumptions, animal studies during the past year have resulted in firm establishment of the lens’s ability to achieve superior vision in humans. to elaborate on things further, Dr. Webb revealed that his Bionic Lens is capable of being used as a ‘docking station’ for customization to each patient and for loading micro-optics. It will also allow fine refinements at any time without sacrifices to the patient’s eye health. This ability to ‘fine tune’ patient vision after its implantation is one of the most unique advantages of the lens’s design.
Precision optical vision is just the start of the potential of the docking station characteristics of the Bionic Lens. Webb thinks it will someday be used for installation of communication technology and physiological therapy. This technological potential could lead to a projection system being installed to allow the projection of a stabilized image onto the retina. Dr. Webb confidently says that this will complete the realm of virtual reality.
He also anticipates that in as little as 4 months, human studies will commence in initial clinical trials taking place at accredited research facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Trials will commence with cataract patients who have otherwise healthy eyes.
Once that has been accomplished, he expects that in a year or so the Bionic Lens will then enter an investigational phase of public use by qualified surgeons. The future envisioned by Dr. Webb is one where the Bionic Lens and other types of advanced technologies will soon be made available through ‘Centers for Excellence’ which have been developed by globally-minded individuals throughout the world. This is an exciting time for vision possibilities.