13.04.2012

Pentagon orders prototype contact lenses

Pentagon orders prototype contact lenses

By Alexa Kaczka

A new type of contact lens that looks set to take vision correction to the next level has caught the eye of the Pentagon, with the US military possibly set to make use of the contacts.

According to the BBC, the iOptik lenses, which are developed by Innovega, can be paired with compact heads up display units - a type of headwear similar to spectacles that allow images to be projected onto their lenses.

Innovega's chief executive Steve Willey confirmed to the corporation that the new contract gives his organisation an "immediate opportunity" to start prototyping and demonstrating elements of the new system.

Explaining how the contacts work, Mr Willey said that with a camera people normally focus on something distant or close, but only on one particular spot.

"By wearing our contact lens you automatically have this multi-focus, or dual-focus, and you are doing something that humans don't usually do," he added.

Currently the new contacts are making their way through US Food and Drug Administration clinical trials, but Innovega hopes they will be available to the public by the end of 2014.

by Alexa Kaczka


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