Fix Nearsightedness Using a Wearable Device

NIKKEIAsia |Health Care| “Myopic correcting ‘smart glasses’ from Japan to be sold in Asia””Kubota Pharmaceutical eyes Taiwan, Hong Kong and ASEAN for gadget”

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Imagine a wearable device “for the treatment of nearsightedness.” Tokyo-based Kubota Pharmaceutical has confirmed effectiveness but is still testing the “Kubota Glasses or smart glasses.” The smart glasses work by projecting “an image from the lens of the unit onto the wearer’s retina to correct the refractive error that causes nearsightedness.” According to Kubota “wearing the device 60 to 90 minutes a day corrects myopia.” Through additional clinical trials Kubota is determining how long the effect lasts and “how many days in total the user must wear the device to achieve a permanent correction for nearsightedness.” “Myopia often results from the cornea and the retina in the eye being too far apart.” Asians report much nearsightedness for those under 20, “96% of South Koreans, 95% of Japanese, 87% of Hong Kongers, 85% of Taiwanese and 82% of Singaporeans. Kubota will start selling the device in Asian markets “in the second half of the year.” Kubota, “develops drugs and devices for the treatment vision problems”, and trades on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Mothers market for startups.

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