New Eye Surgery Purports to Bestow HD-like Vision

While it has often been said what constitutes a really good HD viewing experience often may be in the eye of the beholder — this is the first time it's being taken literally.

According to published reports, a "groundbreaking new type of lens" has been developed that is surgically implanted in the human eye.

But wait… there's more. The inserted lens can be adjusted to fine-tune a viewer/patient's vision after it has been placed in the human eye.

The lens is reportedly constructed from a unique material that, among other things, gives it the ability to change shape when subjected to various degrees of laser light. (In other words, unlike traditional laser-type surgery, it doesn't matter if a patient is long- or short-sighted, has cataracts, or suffers from astigmatism, according to the Daily Mail of London.)

The new type of surgery involving the light-adjustable lens (LAL) procedure was recently performed on a few British patients (and reportedly several hundred globally). Proponents promise that people who undergo cataract surgery in this manner will wind up with perfect or near-perfect vision.

The 15-minute procedure is carried out under local anesthetic, where a 2mm incision is made in the eye. Through the incision, the old cloudy lens is broken up into minute fragments using ultrasound, and then removed via a tiny tube. The rolled LAL is then inserted through the 2mm incision and once inside the eye, it's unfolded.

"Every eye has microscopic imperfections that can limit vision. With this lens, we can correct these, and potentially give people high-definition vision," one ophthalmologist who has done the procedure told the Daily Mail.