Swiss Researchers Create Telescopic Contact Lenses

The telescopic contact lens prototype, with a quarter for scale. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Tremblay / Joe Ford / EPFL)
The telescopic contact lens prototype, with a quarter for scale. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eric Tremblay / Joe Ford / EPFL)

Swiss researchers have created a high-tech contact lens that gives wearers a telescopic view of the world, and paired it with smart glasses that can adjust the view with a simple wink. But it’s not for birdwatchers or jewel appraisers. It’s for the millions of people with impaired vision, particularly macular degeneration, that normally can’t be improved by contact lenses.

The prototype lens is actually a tiny assemblage of smaller lenses and even smaller mirrors, and provide a magnification factor of 2.8x. They’re also perforated with tiny air channels, allowing air to reach the eye. Telescopic lenses like this can be implanted or put on glasses, but both options have serious drawbacks — a contact that does the same thing would be a boon to many.

Perhaps the most impressive part, however, is the smart glasses that work in tandem with the contacts.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Devin Coldewey

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