Ophthalmologist claims Ocumetics Bionic Lens to revolutionize vision correction

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(Medical Xpress)—British Columbia optometrist, inventor and CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp, Dr Garth Webb is claiming in meetings with the press that his new Ocumetics Bionic Lens is set to revolutionize vision correction. He outlined his new lens at a recent American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery meeting, suggesting that the technology that he and his team has developed will cause corrective, regular and contact lenses along with Lasik surgery to become obsolete. He says his lens will also eliminate the possibility of a person getting cataracts.

Thus far, more specific information is limited, though it appears those in attendance for his presentation were impressed. Webb said he and his company have spent $3 million over the past eight years developing the , applying for patents and working with doctors in several places to begin . He told the audience that applying the lens would be a simple eight minute procedure—one where the lens is folded like a taco and placed inside a syringe, where it is then injected into the eye. He further claims that the bionic lens would give the recipient vision that is three times better than normal, regardless of how bad their vision was beforehand (a clock that looks fuzzy to a person beforehand from ten feet away, he said, would become crystal clear afterwards from thirty feet away). He also told audience members that the lens is made from inert materials that will not change human eye physiology and that he believes the lens will be made available to the public within two years—it will have to pass trials in animals and then clinical trials in blind humans first.

Though the claims made by Webb seem fantastical, the realization of such a lens would be truly revolutionary—every person (that could afford them and who does not have other eye injuries or diseases) would have the opportunity to have perfect vision, from approximately age 25 (when the eyes fully mature) until old age and that includes those who would have otherwise developed cataracts. That cannot happen with the new lens, because it will not decay with age—the Ocumetics lens replaces the human lens, a factor that is likely to hinder its introduction to the general populace, at least initially.


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May 25, 2015
the Ocumetics lens replaces the human lens
I guess this means I won't be getting it. Other lenses presently used don't necessarily replace the human lens unless if the human lens has developed a cataract or such.

May 25, 2015
Injected? Nope. Nope. Nope. I'm out.

I won't do lasik because I don't like the idea of someone cutting a flap into my eyeball, so I sure as heck ain't letting someone stick a needle in my eye. Oof, it sends shivers down my spine.

May 25, 2015
Injected? Nope. Nope. Nope. I'm out.
That's actually the easy and uncontroversial part. Your eye will of course heal, assuming you don't do anything silly to infect it in the interim. Moreover, it can of course be done for just one eye at a time, so you won't be left blind while the eye is healing.

May 25, 2015
If this would fix farsightedness it certainly would be revolutionary. Lasik cant do that.

May 25, 2015
This certainly sounds too good to be true. Usually that means it's not true, but if it's a hoax, apparently they're fooling a lot of people.

Even with my crappy eyesight, I'll be watching this one.

May 26, 2015
If this will really give vision "three times better than normal", the military will be all over it.

Jun 03, 2015
I has lasic, the eye flap cutting technique mentioned above. It took 15 minutes per eye, I was in and out in 2 hours. Then sent me home in a limo with a blindfold. Got inside by peripheral vision, took a Valium (they gave me), went to bed. They worked the next day perfectly. 10 years later, still nearly perfect vision. Healed in a day, perfectly healed in year.

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