[Missouri-l] Eyeballs Are so Spoiled These Days
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Eyeballs Are so Spoiled These Days
July 30, 2008 1:53 PM
For those who are bored with ordinary contact lenses, there's quite a few strange new objects out there and others in the works that you can stick in your eye and not go blind (hopefully).
For instance, an artist-designer in the Netherlands named Eric Klarenbeek has created what he calls eye jewelery for people who have been dying to dangle diamonds from their eyeballs. But blinging in this manner may pose some problems: Besides having to figure out what to wear with it, some pain may be involved.
Dr. Brian Boxer-Wachler, an ophthalmologist based in Beverly Hills, warns that potential bleeding may occur as the string scratches against sensitive skin layers. "It looks like it would rub against the bottom of your eyelid as it swings around," he said. "And so I would expect it to cause some irritation if it were to be worn for a prolonged length of time."
And although the doctor "applauds the creativity" of such a concept, he notes that there are safer ways to wear jewelery.
And since it seems like we are spending more and more of our waking hours in front of a computer screen these days, a new technology being developed at the University of Washington may allow us to always be connected. Scientists at a laboratory somewhere in Seattle have figured out a way to fit circuits and LEDs into a contact lens. They've even tested the prototype lens on a rabbit and found no adverse affects.
Although the bionic lenses aren't fully functional yet, additional research may make it possible to perhaps read e-mail and watch movies by having them beamed directly to your eye. Sleep is overrated anyway.
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