A new visual aid was unveiled last Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting by Eric Tremblay, a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. It’s a vision-enhancing system is a set of telescopic lenses and smart glasses that distinguishes between blinks and winks so that the user can easily zoom in and out.
Still in prototype stage, these glasses can be useful for people with visual impairment or for people who want to have crazy eagle vision. But let’s focus in on the medical uses. There are some 285 million people nationwide who suffer from visual impairment, and these lenses can help people with age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss.
The lenses are rigid and considerably larger than your eye’s lens, so they cover the whites of your eyes as well. They’re 1.5 mm thick and have a ring of aluminum mirrors which bounce light around, thus increasing the perceived size of objects, magnifying them up to 2.8 times. The user simply winks their right eye which interrupts the light being reflected to zoom in and then back to normal view.
This visual aid hasn’t yet been tested on humans and can only be worn for a certain amount of time, so you won’t be able to rush out and buy one. But it is promising, isn’t it?
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