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Scientists develop night vision eye drops

By T.K. Randall
March 27, 2015 · Comment icon 18 comments

Can eye drops help you to see in the dark ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
A group of California researchers has found a way to enhance a person's ability to see in the dark.
Independent research group "Science for the Masses" decided to take a special chemical used to treat night blindness and adapt it to enhance the latent night vision of biochemist Gabriel Licina who had no inherent problems with his eyesight.

The treatment, which was made using light amplification molecule Ce6, was applied to each eye as a thin black liquid solution and then left for around an hour with both eyes covered with a black lens to protect them from the light until testing could begin.
Once an appropriate amount of time had elapsed Licina was taken out in to the woods in the dark along with four people who hadn't been given the eye drops. Each of them was spaced 50 meters apart and then asked to identify as many of their fellow volunteers as possible.

The results of the experiment revealed that Licina had been able to identify everyone with 100% accuracy while the other volunteers could only identify around one third of those around them.

The enhanced vision seemed to wear off after around one day with no noticeable side effects.

Source: Business Insider | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by shrooma 9 years ago
anybody else hearing the theme from 'the six million dollar man.....?' .
Comment icon #10 Posted by ChrLzs 9 years ago
One test four volunteers, by recognition? Could it be any less scientific. They don't even mention the mechanism - is this pupil dilation or a retinal effect? If retinal, how is this chemical getting inside? I'll refrain from making obvious jokes about where is the blind / double blind component.. but really, such a thing should (and easily can) be properly and rigorously tested. Unless they are just wanting to sell a 'natural' product and avoid proper approvals.. Hmm, 1st April almost here, btw...
Comment icon #11 Posted by Dr. Mirdad 9 years ago
Kind of sounds like what the alien greys have over their eyes as well. I always thought it was a lense over there eyes.
Comment icon #12 Posted by quillius 9 years ago
One test four volunteers, by recognition? Could it be any less scientific. They don't even mention the mechanism - is this pupil dilation or a retinal effect? If retinal, how is this chemical getting inside? I'll refrain from making obvious jokes about where is the blind / double blind component.. but really, such a thing should (and easily can) be properly and rigorously tested. Unless they are just wanting to sell a 'natural' product and avoid proper approvals.. Hmm, 1st April almost here, btw... I thought it was interesting until I arrived at the part describing how it was tested........ (s... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by ChrLzs 9 years ago
The PERFECT example of BAD science. This is why the scientific method exists, why peer review exists, why idiots like these should stay OUT of the sciences, or at the very least, talk to people who know what they are doing. All this showed (apart from the incompetence) was that people have different night vision abilities. Gee, whoda thort.
Comment icon #14 Posted by quillius 9 years ago
The PERFECT example of BAD scioence. This is why the scientific method exists, why peer review exists, why idiots like these should stay OUT of the sciences, or at the very least, talk to people who know what they are doing. All this showed (apart from the incompetence) was that people have different night vision abilities. Gee, whoda thort. makes you wonder (suspect) that the tests are done in such a way, on purpose, knowing that 'proper testing' may not show the chemicals in such a good light (excuse the pun)
Comment icon #15 Posted by maximusnow 9 years ago
Riddick: Think someone could spend half their life in a slam with a horse bit in their mouth and not believe? ... Jack: Where the hell can I get eyes like that?
Comment icon #16 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin 9 years ago
I'll stick to eating carrots! Fun fact: That's why pirates of old used to wear a patch over one eye. So they always had one eye accustomed to the dark when navigating the dark interior of a ship.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Zalmoxis 9 years ago
They should add Ce6 to all eyedrops. If this ever becomes available on the market over the counter I will definitely purchase myself some of it. They should invent infra-red eyedrops.
Comment icon #18 Posted by ChrLzs 9 years ago
They should add Ce6 to all eyedrops. If this ever becomes available on the market over the counter I will definitely purchase myself some of it. They should invent infra-red eyedrops. ..sigh.. Note to all scammers - there's your target market...


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