THE LENSES OF THIS WEARABLE DEVICE FOR NEAR-SIGHTEDNESS CONTAIN AN ARRAY OF NANO-PROJECTORS, WHICH PROJECT LIGHT ONTO THE USER’S RETINA IN A SPECIFIC PATTERN TO CAUSE BLURRING AT CLOSE DISTANCES
A new wearable device to cure or improve myopia is being developed by a Japanese pharmaceutical start-up. According to the company, Kubota Glasses, the eyewear should be worn for a couple of hours each day while relaxing at home.
Utilising the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology, the glasses create “an image environment that makes you feel as if you are looking far away even when you are at home”.
The lenses of this wearable device for near-sightedness contain an array of nano-projectors, which project light onto the user’s retina in a specific pattern to cause blurring at close distances. According to the company, this forces the wearer to look further away, and this action enables the eyeball to return to its normal shape and restore one’s vision to normal.
Kubota states that the glasses were tested in May 2020 using a table-top device, and in August 2020 using a wearable device. “Projection of a blurred image onto the peripheral part of the retina (myopic defocus stimulation) resulted in a reduction in the axial length of the eye (the length from the cornea to the retina) compared to the target eye —proof of concept has been confirmed.” Based on these findings, the company is proceeding with the development of prototypes for the commercialisation of the Kubota Glasses, and the initial prototype has now been completed.
“As for future development plans, we will verify the influence of the Kubota Glasses on the axial length of the eye in the medium to long term by changing the time and duration of the artificial light stimulus applied to the retina. We plan to conduct clinical trials, etc. to apply for manufacturing and marketing certification as a medical device.”
“IN GENERAL, IT IS NOT EASY TO REPRODUCE THE EFFECT OBTAINED WITH A LARGE DEVICE ON A MICRO-MINIATURE DEVICE, BUT OUR TEAM HAS EXCELLENT DEVELOPERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD”
– DR RYO KUBOTA
According to a statement by Dr Ryo Kubota, president and chief executive officer of the company, “In general, it is not easy to reproduce the effect obtained with a large device on a micro-miniature device, but our team has excellent developers from all over the world. PBOS (utilising the development capabilities recognised by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA for the development of ultra-compact mobile OCT), we will promote development so that we can deliver this device to the world as soon as possible.”
Myopia is increasing worldwide much more so than ever before as people are spending much more time in front of the screens of their gadgets. If Kubota Glasses are as easy to use as the company claims, with their recommended new eye routine, and commercially available soon, then they should be a boon for a huge percentage of the world’s population.
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