Artificial eyes are a common theme in science fiction. A certain television character from the early 1990s made the idea popular. While there have been a few prototypes in the real world, mechanical ocular implants aren’t regular medical devices just yet. When they come out, however, they will be welcome additions to many ophthalmology programs.
Presbyopia comes from Greek, and the term means old eyes. As adults age, they slowly start to lose their vision. Small muscles bend the clear lens at the front of the eye in a normal individual. However, as they get older, these muscles don’t work quite as well. Patients with these problems are prime candidates for future treatments.
Patients with presbyopia usually get eyeglasses, but many people don’t wish to. They would rather squint. Mechanical eyes would make social stigmas a thing of the past, but ethical guidelines stand in the way of medical science once again. People could very easily interface infrared cameras with their brain. While some people might develop the harmless “x-ray vision” promised in countless old comic book ads, others might use their newfound mechanical powers to collect sensitive information. Privacy issues are already coming to a head today, so one can imagine that cyberization will only continue to shine the spotlight on privacy in the years ahead.
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