Imagine a world in which glasses and traditional contact lenses become obsolete, and natural vision is restored with a simple and innovative solution.
That’s precisely what we aim to achieve with the Ocumetics Accommodating Lens technology (“Ocumetics Accommodating Lens”).
Our journey began with our recognition of the visual challenges that patients face after cataract surgery. Four decades ago, thick bifocal glasses were prescribed to provide good vision after cataract surgery. These were unsightly, uncomfortable, and distorted vision. Without them, even large objects were blurred and unrecognizable. Then, contact lenses came along and were able to address some of these shortcomings – but uncorrected vision remained poor, and they were inconvenient. Finally intraocular lens implants and improvement in surgical technique provided good distance vision without corrective lenses within days after surgery by the 1990’s. These lenses are standard of care today; however, they are unable to provide good, sharp, distortion-free vision at all distances.
We call the ability to change the focal point from distant to near objects “accommodation,” and discovering a method of restoring accommodation is the final frontier that needs to be overcome if we are to provide excellent vision after cataract surgery. A cataract is cloudiness of the lens that occurs to many people with age. In fact, an accommodating intraocular lens might even be a valuable treatment for individuals who lose their near vision at about the age of 45, when the lens stiffens before visually significant cataracts develop.
The Ocumetics Accommodating Lens, under development, is a revolutionary intraocular lens that can be implanted in the eye during a quick and straightforward surgical procedure to remove a cataract. Unlike traditional lenses, the Ocumetics Accommodating Lens is designed to mimic the natural lens of the eye, providing accommodation – clear distance and near vision without glasses or contact lenses.
Our lens is designed to focus on all objects in our world, whether they are far away or only a foot away from our face, responding to our brain’s natural efforts to provide clear vision at any distance, just like it did when we were young.
We expect that once implanted, the Ocumetics Accommodating Lens will become a permanent part of the eye, providing clear vision at all distances throughout life without the constraints of glasses or contact lenses.
We are committed to advancing this technology further through rigorous research, development, and clinical trials. Our upcoming clinical trials will ensure the safety, efficacy, and long-term success of the Ocumetics Accommodating Lens. Our plan is to collaborate with renowned ophthalmologists, optometrists, and vision scientists to gather valuable feedback and refine the technology over time for optimal results.
Some of the core design benefits of our technology are:
Unmatched Accommodation Capability:
The Ocumetics lens technology has made significant strides in addressing a wide range of visual needs. In fact, in the laboratory, the technology has demonstrated its ability to accommodate up to an impressive 14 diopters (D). This would allow one to focus and see clearly an object that is only about 3 inches away from the face.
Emulating Natural Eye Movement:
Unlike other technologies, the Ocumetics lens is meticulously designed to mimic the natural function of the eye – biokinetics. The brain sends a message to the ciliary muscle in the eye: focus on a near object. The muscle responds by contracting. This force is transmitted to the Ocumetics Accommodating Lens, which changes shape and moves the focal point from distance to near.
The Ocumetics Accommodating Lens technology is also designed to reverse this process and change the focal point from near to distance (dis-accommodation), and to do so very quickly. This is important because we don’t want a delay in dis-accommodation. This is a potential problem with other accommodating lens designs. Imagine driving down an unfamiliar road at night, then looking down at your mobile phone to check on the address you are seeking. Suddenly, you hear a horn and see a light in your peripheral vision, but when you look up, it takes a second or more for the lens to re-focus at distance. The second or two required by your lens to dis-accommodate could be your last.
Timeline of Activities:
Advancements in Animal Studies:
We are actively advancing our technology through rigorous research, including animal studies to validate our ability to implant the Ocumetics Accommodating Lens into the eye. These studies will soon be completed, paving the way for the first in human clinical trials.
Biocompatibility and Sterilization Study:
The well-being of patients is a top priority for us, which is why extensive studies on biocompatibility and sterilization are being conducted. These studies ensure that the lens is not only highly effective but also safe and compatible with the human eye. Rigorous sterilization protocols guarantee a sterile environment during the surgical implantation process.
We feel that the design of the Ocumetics Accommodating Lens technology will revolutionize the field of vision correction by offering unprecedented accommodation capabilities, mimicking natural eye function, and providing rapid dis-accommodation. With ongoing assessments and studies, we are demonstrating our commit to delivering a safe and effective solution to individuals seeking permanent vision correction.