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One of the lens recipients is examined by a specialist. The new type of artificial lenses endow patients with "super-vision", better than the best standard adult human vision.  (Source: Sky News)
The era of cybernetic superpeople appears to be finally taking off

From the popular PC game Deus Ex to movies like Robocop, a consistent theme in science fiction has been cyborgs, humans implanted with advanced technology to offer them superior abilities to traditional humans.  Such inventions haven't exactly taken off -- RFID implants are about as "cyborgish" as people have become of late.  However, a new medical procedure should re-excite those who dream of synthetic super-capabilities.

Doctors and medical researchers at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, a medical facility near Sussex in the UK, have completed the most advanced artificial lens implant to date and have endowed patients with vision better than the most able humans traditionally have.

The process to get "high definition" vision begins with the implantation of an artificial lens, using the standard procedure for cataracts.  Where as some lens implants are made of plastics PMMA or acrylic, the high tech lenses use special light-sensitive silicone.

Several days after the implant, doctors zap the lens with UV light, fine tuning it.  Over days, the lens is carefully tuned to overcome defects in the eye until patients have perfect vision.  A final blast of light fixes the lens in a final configuration.

The typical net result is that the recipients' vision significantly surpasses 20/20 sight, the best vision typically found in adults. 

Dr. Bobby Qureshi is the first ophthalmic surgeon in the UK to use the new lens and calls it "a hugely significant development".  Its not being used to give supervision to the masses quite yet, but rather is targeting patients with cataracts and long-sightedness, typically age-related conditions. 

Describes Dr. Qureshi, "We have the potential here to change patients' vision to how it was when they were young.  The change is so accurate that we can even make the lens bifocal or varifocal, so as well as giving them good vision at distance we can give them good vision for reading.  They won't need their glasses at all."

The patients are amazed at the results.  Gill Balfour, one of the first patients to receive the lens recalls how she used to have cataracts and other vision problems.  Now the world is a richer place for her.  She comments, "It's absolutely incredible. To think it's been tailor-made for you, matching any imperfections. It's the way forward, isn't it?"

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By lycium on 12/4/2009 8:56:28 AM , Rating: 5
finally! after some thorough scientific reviewing for safety and efficacy, why not?

RE: sharingan
By SlipDizzy on 12/4/2009 9:01:19 AM , Rating: 3
There aren't many of us that will understand that comment, but I think it would be more like Byakugan.

RE: sharingan
By amanojaku on 12/4/2009 9:15:22 AM , Rating: 5
Are you SURE you want to contradict someone who can make you see nightmares just by looking at his eyes? I get that from the missus and it ain't pretty...

RE: sharingan
By Anoxanmore on 12/4/2009 9:58:16 AM , Rating: 1
I can't decide what is worse, I knew that it was from anime, or the fact it came from NATURO...

RE: sharingan
By Kurz on 12/4/2009 11:23:38 AM , Rating: 1
Anime Fan myself... its the fact it came from Naruto.
Anoxanmore there are plenty of good anime shows, Naruto Jap verison with English Subs was good show.

Though I stop watching about 4 seasons, it was losing its flair. It was becoming too comericalized.

Again anime is not all about kids, it can be about nasty murders and awesome story line between characters. The fact that most series end means they are following a set story line so they don't die a slow drawn out death like most American Shows. Writers don't have to keep reinventing when there is already set experation date on the show.

Though I would love this tech for my eyes when I eventually need Bifocal Glasses.

RE: sharingan
By headbox on 12/4/2009 12:22:54 PM , Rating: 2
Oh great... another anime snob. You always talk about the "story line" because frankly, the animation sucks. Regardless of who makes the film, the characters have the exact same face. Still frames for a minute, mouths that only flap open and close, stationary "action" shots where only the background zooms... Anime is a joke. I can't watch it because all I see are crappy shortcuts where US-produced morning cartoons look 100X better. And those "awesome story-lines" are a joke too. How can you complain about the plot on US TV shows when you can't even design a new character's face with anime?

RE: sharingan
By ClownPuncher on 12/4/09, Rating: 0
RE: sharingan
By Kurz on 12/4/2009 1:03:25 PM , Rating: 1
Anime is all about subtle differences.
For example there was a study with how Americans tend to focus on the overall picture then details, while japanese tend to notice the details first and then overall picture later.

Japanese people actually notice the difference between characters on screen. By facial expressions the artist puts into a specific character. I guess

The reason I love anime is because most shows begin then End. Just like book and plus I love the humor and satire. Though I guess you can call it an aquired taste.

Like everything you have to watch the easily accessable shows (Action violence) before you can appreciate the more complicated shows.

Anime isn't for everyone, I just perfer it to American shows. If you've seen actually quality shows you'd see what you said about US cartoons are actually crap in comprison.

RE: sharingan
By Davelo on 12/4/2009 1:23:41 PM , Rating: 4
Kiddies got side tracked into discussing cartoons instead of the topic

RE: sharingan
By therealnickdanger on 12/4/2009 1:54:17 PM , Rating: 2
What were we talking about? Climate change? Mick VS Asher? GM bailouts? NVIDIA VS AMD?

RE: sharingan
By Low Key on 12/4/2009 4:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think overall the cartoon discussion is more stimulating than those usually are...

RE: sharingan
By MrPoletski on 12/9/2009 5:09:49 AM , Rating: 2
Just coz you fancy Wilma Flintstone...

RE: sharingan
By Cullinaire on 12/4/2009 3:06:43 PM , Rating: 2
Come on guys, the obvious reason anime is superior to american cartoons is fanservice.
Don't dodge the facts.

RE: sharingan
By nitrus on 12/5/2009 3:53:52 AM , Rating: 2
anime better? i've seen enough overdrawn over violent anime in my lifetime. Pixar and Futurama for me. how about this? fast sword slice.....slow motion and dialogue....torso and appendage or head separate.....blood gush. i thought it was cool the first time i saw it 15 years ago. im all for violence, but anime is a two trick pony (violence and female domination). BTW James Cameron's AVATAR on a level Japanese avatar and anime will never reach in the next 30 years. JC's Avatar is what Final Fantasy should have been.

RE: sharingan
By Hieyeck on 12/7/2009 1:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
You need to watch more anime, like ones that aren't geared for 12 year old males (unless you are a 12 year old male). There's a vast variety of anime.

If anything, Pixar's the one trick pony:

Give cute, shallow character (there's only so much you can develop in a 2 hour movie) a hope in dreary life. Crush dream. Character goes balls out. Fairy-tale ending.

RE: sharingan
By invidious on 12/4/2009 3:23:52 PM , Rating: 2
The reason I love anime is because most shows begin then End.
Actually most anime's have painfully open-ended endings. But if you "love" anime then you probably don't understand why thats a bad thing.

RE: sharingan
By Parhel on 12/4/2009 1:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
You always talk about the "story line" because frankly, the animation sucks

But it is about the story. Your comment sounds like those gamers who talk only about the graphics and don't care if the game is fun to play. Complaining about the animation quality is missing the point.

I've only seen a few anime, and they were cherry-picked by friends, so I'm no expert. But those were all very good, and 'Akira' in particular was absolutely brilliant.

RE: sharingan
By B3an on 12/4/2009 7:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
Akira is a one-off masterpiece with vastly VASTLY superior animation and detail to almost any other anime or cartoon ever created.

So obviously he didn't mean something like that. But i know what he's saying and i agree with it, most anime is very lazy and the complete opposite from something like Akira.

RE: sharingan
By camylarde on 12/9/2009 5:14:56 AM , Rating: 2
If Akira is an anime masterpiece, then god bless Pixar... I have hated the movie thoroughly, regard it as a mixup of nearly insane situations with very little rational explanation (or explanation of any sort) and the grand finale with the guy growing the stuff was plainly disgusting. I generally am prone to watch anything sci-fi related without prejudice or judging, but Akira was a mistake.

On the other hand "The girl who leapt through the time " was ok.

RE: sharingan
By Anoxanmore on 12/4/2009 1:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
Kruz, I do agree there are a lot of good Anime shows out there.

I hold a personal affinity for Noir because it was the first "adult" anime I saw. I don't count Pokemon, or Naturo among the first. Akira was also quite good.

So I do understand, I'm just sad I knew what that was because it was from Naturo.

RE: sharingan
By Kurz on 12/4/2009 4:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
Anime Fan myself... its the fact it came from Naruto.

Oh I know its sad we both know what Naruto is.

RE: sharingan
By invidious on 12/4/2009 3:19:09 PM , Rating: 3
Anyone who watches a lot of anime has bad taste in anime. I have watched probably 3 dozen animes and most of them are just really really bad. Naruto definately falls into the bad collumn, and I didn't need to watch it to figure that out. Anime movies/OVAs are generally better.

I suppose its not really fair to judge anime as a whole. After all most shows on TV are god aweful but I wouldn't say that I don't like TV. But I would say, and most people would probably agree, that anyone who sits around watching tv all day has bad taste in TV shows. Sports and news excluded.

RE: sharingan
By carniver on 12/4/2009 3:21:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'd prefer one that can shoot Mikuru-beams instead

RE: sharingan
By Flail on 12/6/2009 9:57:45 PM , Rating: 2
While we're on the topic of anime, I herd u guyz liek mudkipz?

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