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Amazing New Technology – Bionic Lenses

Bionic_Eye

Imagine lenses that would make contacts and eyeglasses obsolete! Imagine lenses that would increase vision to better than three times 20/20!

According to an article in the Canadian Press, “Dr. Garth Webb, a British Columbia optometrist who invented the Ocumetic Bionic Lens, says patients would have perfect vision and that driving, progressive and contact lenses would become a dim memory as the eye-care industry is transformed.”

Dr. Webb further states “people who have the specialized lenses surgically inserted would never get cataracts because their natural lenses, which decay over time, would have been replaced.”

Dr. Webb, has spent the last eight years and several million dollars researching and developing the Bionic Lens, getting international patents and securing a biomedical manufacturing facility in Delta, B.C.

Webb’s efforts culminated in his recent presentation of the lens to 14 top ophthalmologists in San Diego the day before an annual gathering of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

The article further states that the surgeons from Canada, the United States, Australia and the Dominican Republic, were impressed with what they heard and some will be involved in clinical trials for Webb’s “very clever” invention.

Dr. Vincent DeLuise, an ophthalmologist who teaches at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City says “There’s a lot of excitement about the Bionic Lens from very experienced surgeons who perhaps had some cynicism about this because they’ve seen things not work in the past. They think that this might actually work and they’re eager enough that they all wish to be on the medical advisory board to help him on his journey.”

The lenses could be available as soon as two years from now. Read the full article in the Canadian Press here.