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Superhuman Vision Now Possible Thanks To Bionic Lenses

22/05/2015 12:28 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 12:59 BST

The promise of superhuman vision has always seemed a little far fetched, something us mortals have only ever experienced through the eyes of Clark Kent.

At best, those of us who wear contact lenses or glasses hope for a surgery-free breakthrough that will one day give us 20/20 vision.

A Canadian optometrist Dr Garth Webb however, claims that he has produced a Bionic Lens would help us see three times better than 20/20 vision. Step aside superman.

Dr. Garth Webb from British Columbia says the lenses, once fitted, would replace glasses and contacts while also keeping the eyes from developing cataracts, a result of the natural ageing process.

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All that's required is an eight-minute surgery, which involves placing the lenses on the eyes using a syringe containing saline and the Bionic Lenses.

Webb said: "If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away."

Webb is CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp., the company behind the invention, who say that the lenses are made out of an inert substance that won't change the physiology of the eye.

Dr. Vincent DeLuise, an ophthalmologist from Yale University told CBC News: "I think this device is going to bring us closer to the holy grail of excellent vision at all ranges — distant, intermediate and near."

The Bionic Lenses are yet to undergo clinic trials but when it does, Webb claims it'll become available for public use in two years.