There have been some astonishing advancements in contact lenses in our world today. Imagine if you had the ability to zoom up to 3X the magnitude of your normal vision by either a blink of your eye!
A new prototype for technologically enhanced contact lenses for the public was announced back in 2013 by Eric Trembly of the Swiss Federal Institute ofTechnology at the annual American Association for Advancement of Science meeting in California.
The lenses contain a tiny aluminum telescope that was first funded by the Defense for Advanced Research Projects (DARP) to be used as super thin cameras for aerial drones, they have since been recreated and converted into a vision-enhancing system.
These lenses could potentially be as a aid to those 285 million people worldwide who have age related molecular degeneration, or the loss of light receptors in the eyes, which is the leading cause to blindness in adults.
“Macular degeneration damages the retina and causes a blind spot in a person’s central field of vision. The telescopic implant restores vision by projecting images onto an undamaged portion of the retina, which makes it possible for patients to again see people’s faces and the details of objects located directly in front of them,”
said Mark Mannis, professor and chair of ophthalmology and vision sciences and director of the Eye Center at UC Davis Health System.”
The first telescopic lens implant has been successfully performed by UC Davis cornea specialist Mark Mannis and Jennifer Li on 89-year-old Virginia Bane. Virginia is an artist who’s vision had been deteriorating due to Molecular degeneration a few years back, which stopped her from being able to pursue her passion for painting.
“I can see better than ever now,” Bane said. “Colors are more vibrant, beautiful and natural, and I can read large print with my glasses. I haven’t been able to read for the past seven years. I look forward to being able to paint again.”
Are there inventions currently that aid in vision?
There is already visible aid technology today that helps with such conditions, they are called Bioptic Telescopes. However, the Bio-scopes have been found to be too bulky and distracting in social settings.
So, scientists have been reworking the model of the glasses to allow for more flexibility. They plan to make the design thinner and easier to wear for extended amounts of time.
These kinds of prototypes pave the way for all other helpful advancements that have the potential to help millions of people around the world!
How could this technology benefit humanity?
It is apparent the benefit of this technology has on eye sight, but how could these new specialized lenses catapult humanity to higher realms of exploration and discovery?
To feel or be limited by anything, including our physical bodies, is stressful on the soul. News of this technology sends ripples of excitement down the spine of anyone who is interested by advancing our abilities.
Lets ponder this idea for a moment, shall we?
In disaster relief and rescue mission scenarios, these lenses could supply telescopic magnified zoom ability to help locate people. Providing the ability to spot out survivors and those in need could completely raise the statistics of successful rescue and relief missions.
These lenses could also provide surgeons the ability to see in detail and precision when working to allow for the most successful outcome.
It will still be a while until these are being produced in mass, but knowing that this research and creation is in the works is exciting!
Imagine what life would be like if it were limitless; when we can transcend our senses and harmonize with technology as our consciousness rises, then we can truly do anything and everything.
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