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Bionic Lens

Today's Vision wants you to know that a Canadian optometrist has created an implantable lens that one day could replace contact lenses, eyeglasses, and the need for laser eye surgery.

Called the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, the device could boost a person's sight to three times better than the standard 20/20 vision.

The inventor, Dr. Garth Webb, said the surgery, which would take about eight minutes and correct vision immediately, would be painless and is similar to cataract surgery. It will only be available to people over 25, since eye structures aren't fully formed until that age.

Dr. Webb also noted that the bionic lens would last for life, never age like our natural lenses and would never require surgical upgrades.

Dr. Webb and his team have spent the last eight years and about $2.3 million (US dollars) researching and developing the bionic lens. Dr. Webb said they are now ready to start the formalized clinical trials.

Once approved and in production, the bionic lens surgery would cost roughly the same as laser eye surgery of today.

The lens is expected to be available first in China and other Asian countries, and could be available in the U.S., Canada and Europe within a few years.