Bionic Lens Update 2017 with Dr. Webb from Ocumetics Technology

Last March, I provided readers with an inside view of this revolutionary intra-ocular lens under development. The Bionic Lens has continued to garner international interest and left many anxiously requesting further information. Recently, its founder, Dr. Garth Webb of Ocumetics Technology, was kind enough to spend some time with me to provide an update, having just reached another milestone amongst a multitude of engineering design improvements. He equates transitioning the lens to the mass-production process in this manner, ‘it’s like designing the first functional model T car and withholding introduction until you have a 2017 Ferrari’.

He reports that over the last year, animal study results have now firmly established the ability of this lens to achieve superior vision in normally-sighted eyes, as he had first projected. Elaborating further, Dr. Webb reveals that the Bionic Lens is designed so that the front (or anterior) portion of the lens serves as a ‘docking station’ that can be precisely loaded with micro-optics and customized for each patient’s eye. This will allow for the very finest of refinements to be instituted at any time without any sacrifice to the health of the eye. It is the ability to ‘fine tune’ a patient’s vision post-operatively that is just one of the unique advantages of this lens design.

Beyond optics for precise vision, the docking station of the Bionic Lens is also being developed to allow for the installation of communication technology and the potential for physiological therapy.  Regarding its technological potential, a projection system installed in the docking station would allow a stabilized image to be projected onto the retina. This concept, Dr. Webb confidently states, ‘will take virtual reality to its completion.’

Dr. Webb anticipates that human studies will begin in 4 months’ time with initial clinical trials at accredited research facilities throughout Canada, US, and Europe. These trials will involve patients with cataracts who otherwise have ‘healthy’ eyes.

After that, his team is optimistic that in approximately one year, the Bionic Lens will be brought forth to the public under use as an ‘investigational device’ by qualified surgeons. Dr. Webb envisions a future where the Bionic Lens and other advanced technologies will be available at ‘Centres for Excellence’, places developed by other globally-minded individuals.  It is truly an exciting time to be a part of …the future of vision.

In my upcoming part 2 blog of the Bionic Lens Update, I will answer specific questions received from my readers over the last year regarding anticipated costs, prescription issues as well as complicated cases that may or may not be eligible for this procedure. 

By | 2017-12-28T13:58:47+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Bionic Lens, Educational, Eye Technology, News|16 Comments

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Dr. Kirsch graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1990. Originally from south-western Ontario, she headed out after graduation to see if the west was really best. Together with Dr. Anderson, she founded the first optometry practice on Salt Spring Island. In 1994 she relocated to the Warm Land after joining the longest established optometry practice in the Cowichan Valley. Over 25 years later, she can personally say that any place that allows you to practice what you love, scuba dive and downhill ski all on the same weekend (if you still can) is truly the best place to be.


  1. Sharon Bourassa April 23, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this lens for two years now, since my optometrist here in Prince George, BC first told me about it. He said it will be worth the wait. I am so tired of wearing reading glasses, and at 50, my eyes are only getting worse. My husband is also excited about following suit with this procedure.

  2. Crystal Lynn Beasley May 31, 2017 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Re: Dr. Webbs Bionic Eye… I’m praying this may be in my future to give me a new life with less struggles.💜 Crystal Lynn Beasley

  3. Amber Jones June 16, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I am so excited at the possibility of being rid of glasses and contacts that I find myself struggling again after about 6 months of a new Rx. I miss being able to see the smaller details of life, like the veins in a leaf. Keep at your wonderful work and I hope to be a customer ASAP.

  4. Michael webb August 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I’m available for this procedure, I can hardly wait to get rid of my eye glasses, hoping the cost is outrageous but I will do my best to have the funds available.

  5. Ted September 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I would be interested since I’m in the very beginning stages of macular denegration. My father is legally blind at age 71 due to this. Being deaf (since birth) has me be very concerned about my eye health for obvious reasons. I have been taking eye vitamins for the past few months. Please feel free to contact me if you can help.

  6. BM September 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    So need this…. very short sighted -11. Have had lasik to one eye, decided not to have other eye done as did not correct to same vision as with contact Lense. Now aged 50+ and struggling even with reading glasses to see monitor at work. Would be so great to see what most others do!

  7. kohl September 7, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    sign me up, this sounds amazing

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  9. Lp October 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Looking so much forward!!!!!! Hope it is coming very soon!

  10. Nelson October 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Well sounds like the 50 plus crowd is well attended here as I am two years into it myself. I have not given into “bifocals!” as of yet and am very excited for these lenses!! Currently have readers for books and computer and glasses for TV and driving. LMAO Having been so fortunate to experience life without glasses for the first 45 years of my life I will be jumping at the first chance to have these lenses implanted. Cheers to everyone with the purchase of their very own. Soon I hope

  11. Kevin October 29, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    When I was a kid, I could see galaxies with my naked eye. The sky was full of them. Excellent night vision. The World was in focus on all plains and my awareness was at a high level… and it was all processed. Now I cant read a pill bottle… and actually have three prescriptions… and the stars I see are often the ones around lights at night. It sucks. To be able to have all that visual information coming in again would be great. I swear I am atrophying at my level of sight now and cannot fathom how people exist needing glasses all the time.

  12. Ninian Prabhu November 12, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I have an individual who is hoping to have this opportunity, which will bring his family life to being normal again…especially with him being able to work again!!

  13. Megan November 16, 2017 at 6:20 am - Reply

    I just heard about this and I’m wanting to save for it for my gramma who is legally blind and has been for years. She has diabetes which is part of why she can’t see hardly and she hasn’t been able to see a clear view of her grandchildren for over 10 years. I want to do this for her so she can see us.

  14. John B December 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Unbelievable….. wow.. wishing I could be a candidate for this Investigational Bionic len test.. I am scheduled for cataract removals in April 2018…

  15. Rendy December 3, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

    people with low vision are hoping that bionic lenses will soon be available so they can live independently and can struggle to get everything they dream

  16. Mike Ewert April 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Would you be able to give insight on how someone like me would be able to request to have the implant once it is available. Do you know if there are prerequisites or will it be a first come first served?? Are there current waiting lists?? I would love to hear another update for year 2018.

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