Ocumetics Technology Corporation is developing a replacement for the lens found in the human eye. Called the Bionic Lens, it could radically improve eyesight, prevent cataracts, and provide new ways to see the world.
The company is at the forefront of this tech, which is currently in the midst of testing its Bionic Lens. The Bionic Lens replaces the natural lens found within the human eye, and brings with it a number of improvements, chief among them being an immediate improvement to eyesight, and clear vision regardless of distance.
Over time, the Bionic Lens could be upgraded to include additional functions, such as projecting your smartphone’s screen, or sharing your perspective with another person who also has a Bionic Lens installed.
The best part is how the lens can be applied using the same tools and techniques as cataract surgery—referred to as “the most common and successful procedure in medicine.” The lens would eliminate the possibility of cataracts in the eye, as well as glaucoma, which can be caused when the cataractous lens releases toxic agents into the chamber of the eye.
Almost 22 million people over the age of 40 are affected by the condition, with 30 million more expected to have it by 2020.
The Bionic Lens, and future creations like it, could greatly impact that number, and radically change the way we see our world.
According to Big Think, however, it won’t fix every problem or defect associated with the human eye, like color-blindness, cloudy corneas, or damaged optic nerves. Those whom are among the first to receive it will be paying nearly $3,200 per lens, and that’s before the cost of the surgery itself.