Imagine being able to read a handwritten note a block away, or have no use for glasses or contacts at the age of 100. Thanks to Dr. Webb Garth, this will soon be a reality for millions of people. The optometrist developed the Ocumetrics Bionic Lens which will give humans 3x 20/20 vision that lasts a lifetime.
The British Columbia resident claims driving glasses, progressive lenses, and contact lenses will become obsolete with the invention of the Ocumetics Bionic Lens. As a result, the eye-care industry will be transformed. Furthermore, people who have the specialized lenses surgically inserted would never get cataracts. This is because the natural lenses which would normally decay over time are replaced.
“No matter how crummy your eyes are,” said Webb,” perfect eyesight would result. The Bionic Lens would be an option for someone who requires corrective lenses and is over the age of 25. “This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before,” Webb said, showing off the tiny lens. “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,” he added.
Describing the surgery, Webb said that a custom-made lens would be folded into a taco in a saline-filled syringe, then placed on the eye. Within 10 seconds, it would unravel itself. Perhaps best of all, the surgery is a mere 8 minutes long.
Webb is the CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp and has spent over a decade and at least $3 million developing and researching the Bionic Lens. In 2015, Webb was acquiring international patents and securing a biomedical manufacturing facility in British Columbia.
Colleagues say Webb is fueled by an “obsession” to free himself and others from corrective lenses. Reportedly, he was inspired to create the Bionic Lens when he was in the second grade and received his first pair of glasses. “My heroes were cowboys, and cowboys just did not wear glasses,” the optometrist said.
“At age 45 I had to struggle with reading glasses, which like most people, I found was a great insult. To this day I curse my progressive glasses. I also wear contact lenses, which I also curse just about every day,” Webb added.
According to CBC News, clinical trials on animals then blind humans eyes are right around the corner. Within a few years, the Bionic Lens could be available in Canada and elsewhere; it depends on the regulatory processes in various nations.
Webb is changing the world in more ways than one. In addition to developing the Bionic Lens, the optometrist has set up a foundation called the Celebration of Sight. The organization seeks to donate money to organization providing eye surgery in developing countries to improve people’s quality of life. “Perfect eyesight should be a human right,” he says.
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