The Future is Clear: Exciting Innovations in Eyewear

Gone are the days when a pair of glasses were the only solution to poor vision. Contact lenses became mainstream and now laser eye surgery is a common procedure to correct vision problems.

There are some exciting innovations being introduced and tested that will be set to revolutionise eyewear solutions and give you more options when it comes to making the most of technology to improve your eyesight and also enhance your viewing experience.

Glasses Tested by NASA

NASA are currently testing the viability of some assisted-reality glasses that have developed in conjunction with a company called ODG, who have developed the technology and are hoping that their glasses will be used on future space missions.

The Smart Glasses offer an assisted-reality experience for the wearer by projecting 3G graphics onto a tablet, which offers the astronaut a high-tech replacement for paper checklists and allows them to gain total awareness of their situation and surroundings during in-flight activities and tasks.

A lot of gadgets and innovations that are developed for space missions can end up on the high street at some point in the future, so there is a chance that many of us will be wearing assisted-reality glasses a few years from now.

Intelligent Lenses

Transitional lenses for your glasses are already available, but a lens that can become clear or shaded in reaction to the surrounding light, does not always suit the needs of the wearer.

The recent breakthrough in lens technology is the news that scientists are working on an innovative lens material that has the ability to change from clear to shaded in a matter of seconds, but on the command of the user rather than being a built-in feature that you can’t control which is the case at the moment.

The transition time from clear to colour can actually take a couple of minutes to adjust with the current lenses available. This is not only irritating but potentially dangerous, as people often need a faster response than that where their vision is concerned.

Using a blend of electrochromic polymers (ECP’S), these intelligent lenses can change from shaded to clear within a matter of seconds. It is anticipated that the process can be easily scaled up for manufacturing, which means that they will become available for us to buy at some point in the future.

Using Technology to Improve and Restore Vision

Laser eye surgery is now performed routinely on a daily basis on hundreds of patients and resources like are seeing a rapidly growing number of visitors to their site as patients seek out ways to improve their vision using this technology.

Science never stands still of course and there are many exciting new developments going on right now, such as the creation of wireless material that could create an artificial retina.

A team from Tel Aviv University are working on creating a new material using nanotechnology, which may be used to help restore sight to retinas that have been damaged by diseases such as macular degeneration.

The material has the ability to activate brain neurons to respond to light without the use of wires to an external source of energy or light.

Many people with vision problems now and in the future will certainly be able to benefit for technological developments and exciting new innovations that could even restore vision as well as improve it.

Edward Harrison is an optical lab technician. He loves writing about tech topics. His posts can be found mainly on tech and lifestyle blogs.

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