California Researchers Develop Night Vision Eye Drops

A team of scientists in California don’t want to leave anyone in the dark.

Researchers at the Science for the Masses (SftM) in Tehacapi have developed eye drops that will give people three times better vision after sundown.

 Following a recent human experiment the independent team of biohackers has proven that their eye drops invention will allow a user to temporarily see up to 50 meters at night.

Jeff Tibbets at SftM is pictured here giving the night vision eye drops to Gabriel Licina.Jeff Tibbets at SftM is pictured here giving the night vision eye drops to Gabriel Licina.

The eye drops only last for about three to four hours.

The eye drops utilize a solution known as Chlorin (Ce6) that is commonly found in a variety of fish deep below the ocean. Chrolin, which is also used in some present-day cancer treatments, has light-magnification properties, and it can also be formed from green plants and algae.

The team discovered that when Chrolin is mixed with insulin and saline a user is therefore able to have enhanced vision in dark environments. This unique molecule is also used on patients who suffer from night blindness.

“There are a fair amount of papers talking about having injected it (Chrolin) in models like rats and it’s been used intravenously since the 60s as treatments for different cancers. After doing the research, you have to take the next step,” says Jeff Tibbets, a lead researcher on the team.

Gabriel Licina, who is a biomedical researcher at SftM gladly volunteered to be the human they tested with the new night vision eye drops. He was given 50 microliters of night eye drops.

“We had people go stand in the woods,” says Licina. “At 50 metres, I could figure who they were, even if they were standing up against a tree.”

Gabriel Licina is all set to head out to the woods to test the night vision eye drops.Gabriel Licina is all set to head out to the woods to test the night vision eye drops.

The success rate of those who were not treated with the drops was around 33 per cent.

Licina indicates that he had no side effects at all after being given the eye drops.

So, will we ‘see’ this night vision eye drops on the market soon?

While the experiment has been successful on one human, still more testing needs to be done before it can receive proper medical approval.

At present, the research team at SftM caution potential risk of their drops since their research is still in its early stages.

The team states: “The high risk of cellular toxicity from outside contaminants being absorbed through the skin make this chemical something that should only be handled with caution.”
 
In the meantime Tibbets indicates the discovery is a big breakthrough and  solidifies the mission of SftM.

“For us, it comes down to pursuing things that are doable but won’t be pursued by major corporations. There are rules to be followed and don’t go crazy, but science isn’t a mystical language that only a few elite people can speak,” says Tibbets.