Imagine wearing a pair of glasses and slowly but surely having your sight perfected forever. For people with myopia or astigmatism this is il dream. No corrective surgery and improved vision. Too good to be true?
The Japanese Kubota Pharmaceutical Holdings think so. The company's team has created a wearable device that can improve myopia by simply placing it in front of the eyes. A pair of glasses that does not "correct" myopia, but eliminates it as an operation
- Kubota glasses they are currently being tested but have already shown promising results.
Myopia typically occurs when the cornea and retina in the eyeball are too far apart. Correct focus of the light is then inhibited, leading to a blurred vision of objects at a distance.
The first goal of Kubota is to start releasing its "smart" glasses in Asia, where a large number of people struggle with myopia. As affirmed by the company, Among the under 20s the 96% of South Koreans, the 95% of the Japanese, the 85% of Taiwanese e 82% of Singaporeans must wear glasses for myopia. And around the world 2,56 billions of people suffer from myopia.
Without a doubt, such a device would be very welcome by a very large number of people.
How Kubota glasses work
Kubota glasses work by projecting an image from the device lens onto the retina of the wearer, in order to correct the refractive error that causes myopia. The company said wearing glasses for 60 to 90 minutes a day helped correct vision.
Clinical trials now aim to determine what is the optimal period of time for this daily use to produce permanent effects, and if not permanent, it aims to establish how long they are. This is why the company has already started a clinical trial for these anti-myopia glasses in the USA. A small group, 25 people, to then move on to a larger pool in phase two.
The development of non-invasive corrective methods for improving vision and eliminating myopia would make the lives of billions of people around the world much easier and more enjoyable.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.