The American inventor Craig Hershoff developed a robot capable of placing and removing the user’s contact lenses quickly and safely, simply by giving a voice command to the machine. The novelty may reach the market in 2021, catering to people who have difficulty handling the product.
Called Cliara Lens Robot, the device uses suction cups to which the lenses are attached, capable of measuring the necessary amount of force to place and remove them from the eyes. There is also a camera in the set, which allows you to see, on a monitor, how the whole process takes place.
According to Hershoff, the user must look down and give the voice command for the robot to start the procedure. When the lens is inserted in the right eye, it is possible to view the insertion in real time on the screen, with the left eye, and vice versa. The video below shows the device in action, see:
Immediately after placing the lens, force sensors on the suction cups detect contact with the eye and stop the device, which then retracts. The machine has smooth movements and is “extremely safe”, according to the creator.
Suitable for different audiences
The Contact Lens Insertion and Removal Device, as the device is also known, serves people with hand tremors or other neurological disorders to those afraid to touch their eyes, as well as audiences with other needs.
According to the inventor, the user only needs to consult an optometrist to check if the machine is really suitable for his case. It was created for scleral lenses, of larger diameter and that do not come in contact with the cornea.
At the moment, the robot that puts and removes contact lenses is undergoing clinical tests. Hershoff’s expectation is to start selling it soon, but before it needs to be approved by the US government agency Food and Drug Administration (FDA).