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Bionic Lens Implant Could Improve Vision Beyond 20/20

The painless procedure takes just eight minutes and gives people the ability to see three times better than 20/20. Continue reading →

A new bionic lens implant could give patients the unique ability to see three times better than standard 20/20 vision for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Garth Webb, founder and CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp, a company committed to eliminating glasses and contact lenses for patients, invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, which resembles a small button.

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The procedure, which can be done in an outpatient office, takes just eight minutes and is painless, according to Webb.

The lens inside the patient's eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, much like cataract surgery. The process then involves flushing the eye with a saline solution. Just 10 seconds after the implant is in place, the folded lens opens up, moves itself over the eye's natural lens and vision is improved, the company says.

The lens was created after eight years of research and $3 million in funding for research, international patents and trials. The patent is expected to be available as soon as 2017, as long as clinical trials go as planned.

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The lens will be available to people over the age of 25, since that's the age when eye structures are fully formed.

Webb believes the new lens will revolutionize eye care as we know it, according to Business Insider.

Webb told Business Insider: "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."

via Business Insider

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