There is a quote that is attributed to several people, such as William Shakespeare and the Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero, which says that the eyes are windows to the soul. If that is the case, then Canada-based Ocumetrics Technology Corporation is venturing deeply into the soul, promising a product that can not only improve one’s eyesight, but also eliminate the possibility of cataracts and glaucoma, according to Futurism.
This product is called the Bionic Lens, which claims to replace the natural lens found in the human eye. What’s even more exciting is the idea of adding upgrades to this lens, such as projecting a smartphone screen, or sharing what you are looking at with other people who also have a Bionic Lens installed. Further, I wonder if we will be able to add features such as X-ray vision, or target tracking software that allows law enforcement to track and apprehend criminals. The potential use cases for the Bionic Lens appear numerous, of course, based on how the technology is developed and whether the company is able to leap past regulatory hurdles.
However, before we get too excited about this new technology, there appear to be some large disclaimers: the Bionic Lens won’t be able to fix every problem we encounter with our eyes, such as color-blindness, cloudy corneas, or damaged optic nerves, according to Big Think. Additionally, when the Bionic Lens is ready to be sold on the market, it is likely to cost nearly $3,200 per eye, making this an expensive enhancement, although I imagine prices will go down eventually, like what happened with Lasik surgery.
Even if the product is going to cost $3,200 per eye, it will bring massive benefits to its users, as improved vision, the elimination of cataracts, and fewer cases of glaucoma are all things we should be striving to make a reality as soon as possible. I can imagine there being some backlash, as cybernetic enhancements are considered by many as granting an unfair advantage to people who possess them. Even if that is the case, I do not believe we should hold back progress, since tens of millions of people suffering from poor eyesight deserve hope of a better life, one that does not consist of them muddling along in literal darkness, helpless to change their future.