Developing technology to enhance human vision is no longer confined to comic books and anime, but is a serious endeavor pursued by several private biotechnology firms currently looking to cash in on someday providing superhuman vision. Recently, Canadian research firm Ocumetics Technology Corp has been the focus of considerable media attention for its claim of having conceived of an eight-minute surgical procedure that will enable vision three times better than 20/20.
In an interview with CBC, optometrist Dr. Gareth Webb, the inventor of this “button-shaped” lens, explains that “this is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before. 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.”
Achieving superhuman vision
The procedure, which has yet to undergo clinical trials, involves the removal of your natural lens (yikes!) and replacing them with Ocumetics’ Bionic Lens. The surgery consists of folding the new lens into a syringe filled with a saline solution and then injecting them directly into your eyes, where the replacement lens will unfold in about ten seconds. According to Webb, not only will this procedure provide you instant superhuman vision, but also eliminate the worry of ever developing cataracts, since the disease afflicts natural human lenses due to damage and decay over time.
Earlier this month, Dr. Webb presented his lens to an audience of ophthalmologists in San Diego.
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. Dr. Vincent DeLuise, an ophthalmologist who teaches at Yale University
Webb and his team aim to begin clinical trials in two years, and hope that their procedure and product will eventually lead to complete “freedom from glasses and contact lenses” and of course, superhuman vision.