Nearly 22 million Americans who are over age 40 have cataracts (the most common cause of vision loss in adults). By the time that they reach 80, more than half of all Americans will have cataracts. But soon, cataracts may be the thing of the past, and even better, it may be possible to see a staggering three times better than 20/20 vision: if you can currently read a text that is 10 feet away, you would be able to read the same text from 30 feet away.
This new development comes thanks to a new kind of bionic lens, the Ocumetics Bionic Lens. The lens is implanted in the eye via a saline-filled syringe that would place the bionic lens into the eye, where it would unravel itself in under 10 seconds. It sounds a little painful, but the procedure is identical to cataract surgery and would take just about eight minutes. People who have the specialized lenses surgically inserted would never get cataracts and that the lens feels natural and won’t cause headaches or eyestrain.
However, if it sounds like a fairy tale (or Sci-Fi dream) it’s not. It is actually the end result of years and years of research and more than a little funding. Ultimately, the lens has taken nearly a decade to develop and has cost US$3 million (thus far). And there is still some ways to go before you will be able to buy them. The release date has been set for 2017, after extensive clinical trials have been completed on, first, animals and then humans.