Humans have been trying to see better for ages; means to improve vision, in one form or another, have been around for centuries upon centuries, and glasses as we know them were developed around 1286. Later innovations like contact lenses furthered the cause for people to see better, and scientists and doctors are still working today for a clearer tomorrow. So if you're interested in exactly what these innovations may be and how they could help you as soon as they're fully developed and perfected, then here's what you need to know.
Rebuilding the Eye
It used to be that, when something went wrong with eye formation while a baby was in the womb, there was nothing that optometrists or other doctors could do – but that won't be the case in the near future. Those that are born with keratoconic corneas (meaning that the cornea of the eye bulges outward) can now receive eye drops that turn back time for their eyes, returning them to their state in the womb and allowing them to effectively regenerate and form correctly. These eye drops work as a much safer alternative to the current surgical treatment for keratoconic corneas, and doctors hope to soon begin human trials.
New and Improved Contacts
Contact styles have gone from thick, uncomfortable lenses to lenses you'd swear weren't even in your eye, but digital technology is taking contact lenses one step further, promising even better (and ultimately personalized) vision. By having your eyes examined by a special machine (referred to as Zeiss ClearVu), the machine can make contact lenses that fit your eyes like a glove and promise 25 times better vision than other contacts. While this technology isn't widespread (only a handful of offices have it in North America), it is the current peak of contact lens technology and will no doubt spread as more and more people hear about its ability to improve eyesight far beyond the more widespread contact-forming methods.
Spy movies have long featured contact lenses that can record video with a simple blink of your eye, but the idea is now transitioning from science fiction to developing technology. Sony is currently the first on the market to file a patent for contact lenses that can record video, view pictures, and other digital information through what they're calling "an organic electroluminescence display." If these new lenses are successful, they could bring visual technology from your fingertips to your irises – in just a blink of an eye.
For more information, talk with an optometrist or eye clinic, such as a Zeiss Lab.
When I figured out that I had vision problems, I was really nervous about wearing glasses, getting contacts, or undergoing eye surgery. I didn't know what to choose, how comfortable I would be, or what to do about the upcoming changes in my life. In order to make sense of my new lifestyle, I made an appointment with a trained optician in my area to have a little chat. I mentioned my fears, and he talked with me about all of the different options available. It was incredible to see how much of a difference the right advice made. I was fitted with custom glasses, and my journey is detailed on my website. If you are nervous, read on to learn why you shouldn't be.