Wearing corrective eye glasses could soon be a thing of the past. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens, invented by Dr. Garth Webb of Ocumetics Technology Corp, claims to be a painless implant that could change impaired vision forever. In fact, Webb claims the lens will go beyond the standard 20/20 vision, giving patients the super power of seeing three times better.
Presented earlier this year at a cataract and refractive surgery conference, the Ocumetic Bionic Lens was created after eight years of research and experimentation. The project itself has cost a whopping $3 million in funding for research, international patents, and trials. Webb says that with his procedure, which takes just eight painless minutes, every person could have extraordinary eyesight.
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Instead of working like a contact lens, the Bionic Lens acts similarly to cataract surgery, adhering to the eye’s natural lens. The procedure can be done in an out patient office, its steps simply having a saline solution with the lens flushed into the eye with a syringe. After 10 seconds, the folded lens opens up, and moves itself over the eye’s natural lens. Webb says that immediately after the procedure, vision is totally corrected, allowing patients to see farther and more clearly.
Patients with the bionic lens implanted would be safeguarded against cataracts in the future, strengthening the eye’s natural lens which is prone to decay. The procedure is also thought to be safer than invasive laser surgery, with the simple saline-flush process.
Webb hopes his patent will be available as soon as 2017, after more clinical trials.
+ Ocumetics Technology Corp
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I have been waiting for this for a long time. Even with glasses, I cannot be corrected to 20/20. I will go anywhere to get this done.
How can I be part of the test group,or be first group to try this procure done???
Would this help with tunnel vision as well as having to have glasses that can only give you 20/25 vision in both eyes?
If we live just across the border in the US, can we sign up to be a part of the clinical trials?
How can I get this done? I've been wearing glasses since I was 2 years old and I've had enough.
Hurry up please
I'm 55, was born cross eyed, surgery at age 9 to save eye sight, having a lot of problems now along with pain. PLEASE HELP.
Will the lens technology work for someone with glaucoma which has left only 20% eye sight.
This will be available first in Canada. How would an American get this procedure?
My sister had PRK on a Friday, took it easy on the weekend, was back to work Monday with perfect vision. I had exactly the same procedure, same doctor, etc. Took my eyes over 6 weeks to heal. It felt like someone threw coarse sand in my eyes while they were wide open. I couldn't open my eyes for more than 6 seconds at a time. I couldn't work or drive. My eyes constantly watered. Fast forward, I have starburst glare when I look at lights. My vision is not perfect, and never will be, even with corrective lenses. Be careful with your eyes, people. You only get one pair.
Pure, and utter, BS: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/25/your-new-bionic-lenses-are-b-s.html
How is this different from a phakic intraocular lens?
I'm far-sighted, will Bionic Lens work? Hope you get to Hong Kong soon - 99% of the population has eyesight problems!
How much does this cost?
The Lens is not simply flushed into the eye. Please do not mislead your readers by glossing over important details and expecting them to go to another link. "Seeing clearly at all distances without glasses or contact lenses is a goal for many of us, and that goal is fast becoming a reality. For a half century, ophthalmic surgeons have envisioned an intraocular lens capable of restoring eyesight at all distances. OcumeticsTM Technology Corporation was founded to achieve this goal. Employing state-of-the art materials and production techniques, OcumeticsTM Technology Corporation is in the process of developing a highly advanced intraocular lens, one that is capable of restoring clear vision at all distances, without glasses or contact lenses, and without the visual quality problems that have plagued current accommodative and multifocal intraocular lens designs. The product of extensive research and development, this intraocular lens is called the Bionic LensTM. The Bionic LensTM is a trademark that applies to a host of patented intraocular lens designs that relate to intraocular lenses having the ability to auto-regulate within the eye allowing it to focus at different ranges - distance, intermediate, near and very near. It is designed to be foldable and insertable through a 2.7 mm incision. Wavefront correction for discrete higher order aberrations that are normally found within the eye can be sculpted into the surface of the Bionic LensTM for further enhanced visual function. With age, the naturally occurring crystalline lens of the eye undergoes changes that make it cloudier and become a cataract. As a cataract, not only does it cause visual acuity and quality of vision deteriorate, there may also be a release of toxic agents from the cataractous lens into the anterior chamber of the eye. These substances have the potential to induce glaucoma and damage the endothelial cell layer of the cornea, which is necessary for the cornea to remain clear. The Bionic LensTM is constructed of inert biocompatible polymeric materials that do not cause such adverse biophysical changes within the eye. Cataract surgery is the most common and successful procedure in medicine. The Bionic LensTM is currently undergoing clinical testing with the ultimate goal of clinical approval. Ophthalmic surgeons, utilizing standard surgical techniques, augmented by the accuracy of femtosecond lasers and adjunct intraocular techniques, will then be able to implant the the Bionic LensTM to help patients achieve their visual goals. The Bionic LensTM: A New Dimension in Sight Enhancement."
Too bad I don\\\'t have a lense for it to go over in my blind eye. I really would like to understand how this works... How does having a piece of plastic over your regular lenses correct your vision permanently. Sounds like a contact lense, but contact lenses need a new prescription every year and don't correct for astigmatisms that will also keep changing. How can the lense possibly "know" what shape to form to correct vision?
I would soooo love this. Sign me up :)
Lost mt eye to an Idiot with a BB gun--40 yrs ago----after 5 surgeries & to NO avail---I still have only 20/70 in it........ Please Help me----I have learned to adapt, adjust & overcome......but I would love to try this.... Where do I sign up for it???
Can't wait to try
I will be a guinea pig to have this done. Would love to do away with my glasses
Sign my happy ass up!
I\\\'m tired of wearing corrective lenses since my college days. Early on I thought wearing them makes one look smarter. But looking back it\\\'s better to not use any. I missed wearing shades especially my fave photo chromic ray bans. That\\\'s why seeing this bionic lenses made me gladly hopeful that one day I can say goodbye wearing graded eyeglasses. I\\\'m from the Philippines. I hope you can bring the technology to our country as soon as possible.
Awesome news. I would love to never have to put contacts in ever again.