New augmented reality technology for the visually impaired

It is predicted that, in the US, up to 50 million people will have cataracts by 2050. Due to the quantity of people who suffer from this disease, cataract surgery is the most common procedure in the world, but it is still far from being perfect. But what are cataracts? The term is used when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, normally through age, reducing their quality of vision, and eventually blocking it completely. As a result, when a cataract starts to develop, an operation is often needed to remove the lens with cataract and insert an intraocular lens implant.

The Gemini Refractive Capsule from Omega Ophthalmics is to use lens technology to correct degenerative diseases in the eyes, and at the same time will put in a 3D implant with interactive sensors to incorporate augmented reality. Their main objective is to improve vision, but at the same time to integrate augmented, virtual and mixed reality, opening up an abundance of possibilities to improve one’s quality of life.

The treatment of cataract, glaucoma, and macular degeneration would change forever, because at the moment, victims of these diseases can’t go into surgery with complete confidence, since there is always the possibility that their eyes won’t be able to adapt or may have a bad reaction. The idea was thought up by Dr Gary Wortz in 2011, and he has already grown and developed the company a lot since then, including patenting this revolutionary invention. The capsule consists of an intraocular lens with an open space which can be used for medication whenever it is needed. What’s more, there are additional lenses which are contained within to repair any damage that might happen in the future, making it much more effective as a long term solution.

Despite there being a lot of research and calculation that has gone into this project to make sure the best result possible is achieved, the development also brings controversy. Understandably, for many it appears to be quite a drastic solution, and the thought of it alone seems fairly daunting. Although there haven’t as of yet been any incidents during the testing phases so far, it could still prove difficult to have them approved and safe, and it will no doubt be a long process before its implementation in hospitals.

However, at Arvolution, we feel that the protected environment of the capsule, as well as the vast amount of benefits, is enough to convince those who suffer from cataract to consider it further, since it could change their live in a radical way. Augmented reality is the future, and we are certain that this and other developments will change the world in a profound way.


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