Researchers have created contact lenses which, when paired with special spectacles, bestow telescopic vision on their wearers.
The lens has a telescopic element that focuses light on to the retina
The contact-lens-and-spectacles combination magnifies scene details by 2.8 times.
Polarising filters in the spectacles allow wearers to switch between normal and telescopic vision.
The telescopic sight system has been developed to help people suffering age-related blindness.
Age-related macular degeneration is one of the most common forms of blindness and damages the part of the eye, the macula, that handles fine detail. As this area degenerates, sufferers lose the ability to recognise faces and perform tasks, such as driving and reading, that rely on picking up details.
The contact lens created by the researchers has a central region that lets light through for normal vision. The telescopic element sits in a ring around this central region. Tiny aluminium mirrors scored with a…
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