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Bionic Vision: Coming to an Eyeball Near You

Posted on August 6th, 2015

Imagine being able to spot a distant object three times farther than someone with perfect 20/20 vision, with eyes that remain sharp and focused even as you get older.

It might sound like something out of science fiction, but bionic eyes have recently become a reality thanks to Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia. Dr. Webb is the brains behind the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, the culmination of over eight years of research and $3 million dollars in funding.

The patented device resembles a small button that is surgically inserted into the eye in a painless procedure that Dr. Webb says takes less than 8-minutes. During the procedure, the bionic lens would replace a patient's natural lenses, allowing them to immediately see both near and far distances without issue, while avoiding conditions such as cataracts.  The result is the holy grail of vision, offering perfect sight for individuals regardless of their age.

But don't expect to be able to chuck out your glasses and order bionic lenses anytime soon. Dr. Webb's device is currently undergoing clinical trials and approval in Canada, but he expects it to be commercially available in a few years, offering a tantalizing glimpse into a future where perfect vision is just a bionic eye blink away. 

To book an eye exam and take advantage of current vision care technology, book an appointment at an FYidoctors near you.