Ocumetics Bionic Lens Improves Eyesight Three Times Better Than 20/20 Vision

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Want better eyesight? Get a pair of glasses or contact lenses. Want a permanent solution? Get Lasik. Want superhuman eyesight? Apparently, that’s possible, too, with the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, a new type of lens that can give people eyesight up to three times better than 20/20.

Unlike glasses and contact lenses, the lens isn’t something that you wear and take off. Instead, it’s surgically implanted, giving patients the benefit of superhuman vision for the rest of their lifetimes. How superhuman? According to Dr. Garth Webb, founder of Ocumetics, if you can read something at 10 feet with 20/20 vision, you should be able to read the same thing when standing at 30 feet away after the surgery.

Similar to Lasik, the Bionic Lens is meant to be implanted after age 25, when patients’ eyes are believed to have fully-developed. Unlike Lasik’s corneal-based procedure, though, the lens is meant to replace the eyes’ natural lenses, which is implanted using standard surgical techniques and femtosecond laser incision technology. The procedure is expected to take ophthalmologists just eight minutes to complete, with the patient expected to adapt to their new bionic eye just 10 seconds after it finishes.

Because the Bionic Lens replaces the eyes’ natural crystalline lens, it eliminates the possibility of developing cataract and damage to the endothelial cell layer of the cornea in the future. No worries about the artificial lens damaging the eyes over time, either, since they are made from inert biocompatible polymeric materials that do not cause adverse biophysical changes within the organ.

Currently undergoing clinical trials, the Ocumetics Bionic Lens is expected to hit the market within the next two years.

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7 Responses

  1. Maddie

    Woah! Now THAT is crazy. Very interesting, too. I will have to look further into this.

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  2. William

    The concept technology here seems really cool, but not so practical in my opinion for long-term use. I worry about potentially side-effects, and would sit on something like this for 5-8 years first before giving it a shot myself. Lasik is extremely expensive though, so I can see why someone would lean more towards an option such as this. We’ll see how the prices add up with this one once they’re done their trial period.

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  3. Kartik

    The company you are referencing is not ocumetrics. It is ocumetics. Ocumetrics is a vision supply co from California.

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  4. mary

    interesting i guess^
    i can’t believe how far technology has come either. kind of sucks that they don’t have the price info listed here, but judging by that it kind of makes me afraid i couldn’t afford it. does anyone think this type of technology and operation would in any way be covered partially or fully by a regular–or even special medical insurance plan? that’s pretty crazy how good they’re saying your sight will be if you already have perfect vision, sounds unreal! almost sounds inhuman lol, impressive!

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  5. joan s

    I can almost hear the lawyer commercials on tv right now. Have you or a loved one used ‘such in such’ on your eyeballs and now experiencing complete blindness. Call us toll free…..

    Egads! I do need some help with my eyesight, and mind you, if my eyes were in severe condition, I might undergo some of the testing. But I don’t think I would use this procedure at all – just to have super human sight.

    However, having poor sight is quite depressing, so who knows what one might do if they had enough coaxing and enough money. 😮

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  6. ArtK

    This article is nothing more than marketing hype regurgitated by an unquestioning blogger.

    How does the ocumetics lens work?
    Is it bi-focal, multi-focal, continuous or what?
    Intraocular lens have been available for hundreds of years so that is not new. There have been at least three bi-focal lens on the market for the last five years, so again, not world shattering.
    Multi-focal lens would be new and interesting but the article does not say.

    The “three times better than 20/20 example doesn’t make sense. I can read 5 foot letters at 10 feet as well as at 30 feet – *without* my glasses. For normal letters, if I was at the limit of my acuity at 10 feet moving to 30 feet is way past that and they would be unreadable! Three times better would be 20/6 vision which is a well defined metric.

    Even the Ocumetics web site is near useless: It consists of arm-waving, marketing hype without offering a single solid fact regarding the technology. Another site notes that Ocumetics does not plan on releasing the lens to a free market but will restrict availability to “selected” practitioners. Right. Stoke the hype machine. Minimize adverse press. A company driven by the marketeers – not by technology or service. I think I have read enough.

    Sad. Regurgitate a hearst-like headline, regurgitate a press release, post and collect web clicks. Apparently the author realizes how inane the article is as there is no byline. I would be ashamed of it too.

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