Monday, 16 February 2015

Age-Related Vision Disorders: Prototype of Innovative Contact Lenses to Let Patients Zoom In & Out

Prototype: Picture PA

Contact lenses have been a boon for people with vision problems. They do not only allow patients with ocular dysfunctions to have a crystal clear vision but also add a pop to their eyes by adding a beautiful hint of color. An innovative design of contact lenses containing tiny telescopes would enable elderly people with macular degeneration to zoom in & out; possibly leading to the drastic change in vision sciences.

 A prototype design of these special contact lenses was presented yesterday at “American Association for the Advancement of Science” in San Jose, California. To imply the zoom in and out functions; patients would need to wink at their left & right eyes. These contact lenses would help eliminate blurred vision that occurs due to the macular degeneration when light receptors on the inner surface of eye are lost.

‘We think these lenses hold a lot of promise for low vision and age-related macular degeneration,’ Eric Tremblay, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, told MailOnline.

‘At this point, it is still research but we are very hopeful it will eventually become a real option for people with age-related macular degeneration.’
These contact lenses feature mirrors that produce the magnifying effect. When paired with special type of glasses; these lenses would let users switch between zoomed in & regular viewing.

The prototype is yet under research. It is needless to say that scientists are working to make a lighter, significantly more breathable version of the contact lenses before they are rolled out in the market for consumption. 

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