Bionic Vision – Coming to an Eye Doctor Near You?

Innovation in vision


 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


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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