Bionic Vision – Coming to an Eye Doctor Near You?


Innovation in vision

  via holykaw.alltop.com

 I’ve worked in the vision care industry for two of the largest players, Bausch & Lomb and Johnson & Johnson. This is an amazing concept, albeit at least more than a decade away from feasibility. Nonetheless, I suspect that the lessons learned from their work could have implications for other vision correction needs where the installation of micro-electronics could help treat eye diseases.

For example, consider glaucoma, where pressure builds up within the eye and damages the optic nerve, among other things. A miniature pump could be installed and controlled through micro-electronics (which is actually already being explored by other companies). Also, consider the back-of-the-eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy; neither has a cure and both could benefit from the delivery of targeted doses of drugs through an embedded micro-electronic device.

With so many eye diseases that lead to blindness, this type of research could yield huge benefits to the aging global population.  Posted via web from FASTInnovators

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One response to “Bionic Vision – Coming to an Eye Doctor Near You?

  1. Cecil Luckenbach

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) damages, then destroys, central vision, your “straight-ahead,” finely detailed vision. This eye disease takes two forms, dry and wet. About 90% of AMD cases are dry. The remaining 10% are wet, a more advanced form. Wet AMD is more damaging, causing about 90% of serious vision loss.*

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