A Florida man – the good kind, not the meth kind – has invented a robot which can insert and remove contact lenses for wearers.
After years of poor vision, eye strain, and difficulty with contact lenses, Craig Hershoff invented a robot that he hopes will help people with dexterity issues insert and remove their contact lenses.
Hershoff was diagnosed with Fuch’s dystrophy in 2000 and almost lost his sight. He got three corneal transplants in 10 years.
Alas, the Cliara Lens Robot was born. Cliara is an acronym for Contact Lens Insertion and Removal Apparatus.
“What is so unique and special about this device is that there is a camera attached so you can see where the lens is going and exactly how it’s being placed,” Hershoff said. “Any type of anxiety or nervousness is gone because you are controlling the device and it’s extremely gentle and safe.”
I’ve had contact lenses for about twenty years now, and I still hate putting them and taking them out. That said, I have no desire to allow a robot access to my eyes. With my luck, it would malfunction and stab me right in the cornea.