A product currently undergoing clinical trials and which could be available to the public in less than 3 years has the potential to make any recipient of the surgery have vision abilities comparable to something otherwise only found in comic books and movies. A recent article at BigThink.com states:
“The Bionic Lens is a dynamic lens that replaces the natural lens inside the eye via one of the most common and successful procedures in medicine – cataract surgery. Once there, the lens restores clear vision at all distances without any visual quality problems. It can auto-regulate within the eye by connecting to the muscles that change the curvature of our natural lenses, which allows it to focus at different ranges – potentially much wider ranges than our natural sight is capable of. In addition, because the Bionic Lens responds with less than 1/100 the amount of energy of the natural lens, you can also focus on something all day without any strain on the eyes.
The Bionic Lens could improve on the 20/20 vision threefold. Imagine that you can see a clock’s dial 10 feet away. With the lens you would be able to see the dial in the same detail when it is 30 feet away. What happens when you combine the super sharp focus and the ability to tune the lens to improve sight well beyond the capabilities of the eye, is that you can see really sharp details at very close distances. If you looked at a tiny sliver of your finger, for example, you would be able to see the cellular detail in it. “
If you’re old enough to remember Lee Majors and “The Six Million Dollar Man”, then you can have some of your childhood dreams of being Bionic come true. The Bionic Lens is only going to take very small part of that amount to enhance your vision. The article states it should be around $3,200 for the lens, plus the cost of the surgery itself.