A tiny device in new contact lenses, aimed at hundreds of thousands of people suffering from age-related eye problems, could increase user’s vision nearly three fold.

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor, In San Jose

Hundreds of thousands of people with sight problems could be helped with a revolutionary new contact lens, which has an inbuilt telescope to aid vision.
Swiss scientists have invented a tiny device which can increase a user’s vision by nearly three fold – in the wink of an eye.
The contact lenses would be far cheaper than surgery and will help people suffering from age related macular degeneration (AMD) to see more clearly in their peripheral vision. They are likely to be on the market within three years.
Designer Dr Eric Tremblay, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, said the magnifying contacts would allow people with sight loss to read text or recognise faces.
Presenting a working prototype at the American Association of the Advancement of Science conference he said: “They are contact lens that has a very thin telescope built into it – it allows you to have magnified vision. So it makes the object that you look at bigger.
“The most compelling reason why you would want to have this is to help people with serious visual problems, such as macular degeneration, or other retinal illnesses where people have severe vision loss.
“In a lot of cases magnification is very useful. So what people usually use are head mounted telescopes which doesn’t work for everything. It doesn’t track with vision and it’s quite bulky and interferes with social interaction.”
The lenses have tiny telescope built into their centre which works the same as looking through a pair of binoculars…..
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Source: The Telegraph