New Bionic Lens Could Give You Three Times 20/20 Vision

A bionic lens, developed by a Canadian optometrist, could give any seeing person vision that it three times better than 20/20. Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia, has developed the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, a permanent implant that can give super-vision to anyone over the age of 25, “no matter how crummy your eyes are,” he says.

“This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before,” Dr. Webb told CBC News.

The Ocumetics Bionic Lens is surgically implanted – in a procedure that takes around 8 minutes – and its effects are immediate. Due to the way eyes grow and form, the procedure is only suitable for those above 25 years-of-age. Because it essentially replaces the eye’s natural lens, it also prevents the formation of cataracts.

“If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away,” Dr. Webb explained.

His whole life, Dr. Webb has been driven to make glasses and contact lenses redundant, and puts that mission down to his childhood experience. He was given glasses in the second grade, a look which didn’t jive with that of his idols.

“My heroes were cowboys, and cowboys just did not wear glasses,” Dr. Webb said. “At age 45 I had to struggle with reading glasses, which like most people, I found was a great insult. To this day I curse my progressive glasses. I also wear contact lenses, which I also curse just about every day.”

Following animal and human trials, Dr. Webb hopes that the Ocumetics Bionic Lens will be available to Canadian patients within 2 years.

“Perfect eyesight should be a human right,” he said.

Excessive Computer Use Causes Burst Blood Vessels in Mans Eyes

We as humans are increasingly living in a dependent digital age whereby we are immersed in gadgets. Laptops, tablets and even that latest 60-inch television you thought would fit into your living room, it’s impossible to have a break. You may want to take note of this story of an unfortunate man who burst blood vessels in his eyes after working for long periods at a time while using a computer.

Wuhan Evening News are reporting that 30-year-old Lee Chong noticed that his vision had become blurry, he went to the hospital where doctors informed him that he had in fact burst blood vessels in his eyes. The unlucky gentleman had what is known and is written as -8.00-dioptres high myopia, now, after researching this it seems to be extremely severe considering high myopia is usually described on glasses and contact lenses at around -6.00D (dioptres). If you’re wondering, Myopia is often known as “being short-sighted” and it causes your vision to be blurry in the distance but clearer when looking at things up close.

The cause, in this case, seems to be a combination of staying up for long periods of time coupled with exposure from gadgets. It just goes to show your eyes would benefit from periods of rest instead of being bombarded by the glare of the screen.

Remember to take breaks folks, last thing you want is this!

A Team of Biohackers Figured out How to Inject Night Vision in Your Eyes

It looks like nothing comes with limits nowadays, having a group of independent researchers figuring out how to give night vision to humans and allow them to see over 50 meters in the dark for a short time.

The group is called Science of the Masses and have their little ‘base of operations’ a couple of hours north of Los Angeles in Tehachapi, California. They have theorised that they could enhance a human being’s eyesight enough that it would induce night vision with the help of a kind of chlorophyll analogue called Chlorin e6 (Ce6), which studies found in deep-sea fish and which is also used in occasional methods of treating night blindness.

“Going off that research, we thought this would be something to move ahead with,” the lab’s medical officer, Jeffrey Tibbetts, told Mic. “There are a fair amount of papers talking about having it injected in models like rats, and it’s been used intravenously since the ’60s as a treatment for different cancers. After doing the research, you have to take the next step.”

Team biochem researcher, Gabriel Licina, has offered to take part in this experiment and has been injected with 50 microliters of Ce6, an extremely low dose. The dose was injected into Licina’s speculum-stretched eyes, aiming for the conjunctival sac, carrying the chemical to the retina. After about an hour, the effects started to kick in.

Licina and Tibbetts had done their research, going so far as to post a paper called “A Review on Night Enhancement Eyedrops Using Chlorin e6“. However, they still are just a bunch of guys working out of a garage, so credibility is in question here. This is why they went out on a field test.

The results were promising, having started with Licina recognising shapes 10 meters away in pitch black darkness conditions. After a short time, he was able to do longer distances, recognizing symbols and identifying moving subjects against different backgrounds. During the test, it is said that Licina had a 100% rate of success in identifying objects, while the control group without being dosed with the Ce6 got the shapes right a third of the time.

“The other test, we had people go stand in the woods,” he says. “At 50 meters, we could figure out where they were, even if they were standing up against a tree.”

While this seems as a plaything for people to toy around with in the woods at night, it does have some strong real-word applications too. Two good fields that would really benefit from this would be search-and-rescue teams, being able to see in the dark in forested areas, or in hostage situations.

The next step for the team is to do more tests and get some ‘real numbers’ on the electrical stimulation in the eye. For now, the biggest success is that the first experiment worked.

Thank you Science Mic for providing us with this information