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Bionic Lenses could replace Contacts and Glasses

12 August 2015 at 11:54

Contact lenses and glasses have become a natural part of life for many people, but what if you didn’t need to use either to get better vision?

Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia who invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, says patients would have perfect vision and that driving glasses, progressive lenses and contact lenses would become a thing of the past as eye-care becomes more advanced.

If you were to have these specialized lenses surgically inserted, you would never get cataracts because the natural lenses which decay over time would have been replaced. Perfect vision would no longer be impossible for most people and would be an ideal option for someone who depends on corrective lenses.

So how long does this surgery take to perform?

Roughly 8 minutes, a painless procedure identical to cataract surgery that would instantly correct the patients sight. Dr. Garth Webb who is the CEO of Ocumetrics Technology Corp, has spent the last eight years and about $3 million researching and developing the Bionic Lens, getting international patents and securing a biomedical manufacturing facility in Delta, B.C.

Alongside his Bionic Lens venture, Dr. Garth Webb has set up a foundation called the Celebration of Sight, which would donate money to organizations providing eye surgery in developing countries to improve people’s quality of life.

DeLuise, who has been asked to manage the foundation, says funds would also be funnelled to some of the world's best eye research institutes.

Source – CBC News Technology and Science

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