A self titled “biohacker,” Gabriel Licina, has successfully had chemicals injected into his eye which allow for much greater night vision than normal. The procedure reportedly allowed him to see quite clearly at dark at a distance up to 50 meters according to a study published by Science for the Masses.
Of course, the authors of the paper put a disclaimer on it so hopefully people won’t just be adding stuff to their eyes all over the place.
The authors of this paper are writing this review for research and informative purposes only. Increased light amplification may have adverse effects on the cellular structure of the eye if improperly used and the some of the materials used in this mixture should not be used on humans or animals.
According to science blog IFLS, here is how they did it:
First, Licina’s eyes were flushed clean and his eyelids were stretched out with a speculum (no blinking!). Then Tibbetts used a pipette to drop 50 microliters of a blackish solution—Ce6 mixed with saline, insulin, and dimethlysulfoxide (DMSO)—into his eyes. Specifically, he was aiming for the conjunctival sac, which should help carry the compound to the light-sensing retina. DMSO increased the permeability of the cells for better absorption.
The procedure was tested in a dark field. According to Mic.com:
Did it work? Yes. It started with shapes, hung about 10 meters away. “I’m talking like the size of my hand,” Licina says. Before long, they were able to do longer distances, recognizing symbols and identifying moving subjects against different backgrounds.
“The other test, we had people go stand in the woods,” he says. “At 50 meters, we could figure out where they were, even if they were standing up against a tree.” Each time, Licina had a 100% success rate. The control group, without being dosed with Ce6, only got them right a third of the time.
The results were temporary and so far there have been no long term changes to Licina’s vision.
It’s easy to see how this could have possible military applications. Can you say night vision without the bulky expensive goggles?