This isn’t your normal contact lens. In fact, it’s not a contact lens at all, but a bionic lens that adheres to the wearer’s eye and gives them vision three times better than 20/20 – for life. Yes, you could be spotting dimes on the ground from 20 feet away when you’re 90.
According to Business Insider, the lens’ inventor, Dr. Garth Webb of Ocumetics Technology Corp, spent over eight years developing the lens with his team as part of a project that cost $3 million in funding to produce the super lens. The lens was finally unveiled to the public last month at a cataract and refractive surgery conference.
Unlike normal contact lenses which are placed on top of the eye and then removed at the end of the day, this lens which looks like a small button, works more like a cataract surgery procedure.
”The lens is actually folded like a taco and placed in the eye using a syringe filled with a saline solution. Then, in about 10 seconds, the bionic lens unravels over your eye by itself and your sight is ”immediately corrected”.
Boom! Just like that you have the eyesight of an eagle.
What is even perhaps more amazing and certainly just as appealing to anybody who has qualms about going under the knife, the surgery is totally painless and only takes 8 minutes. If perfect eyesight for life wasn’t incredible enough, the lens also eliminates the possibility of ever getting cataracts, because the bionic lens replaces the eye’s natural lenses, which decay over time. Dr. Webb has seemingly invented a better product than nature.
No word on how much perfect vision will cost you, but Ocumetics Technology Corp hopes that after more trials the lens will be available to the public sometime in 2017.