first published on September 5, 2019 by Funker
New groundbreaking research in optometry has the military examining the plausibility of replacing bulky and costly night vision goggles with eye injections.
Collaborative research between the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass., and the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei discovered that specifically designed nanoparticles injected into the eyes of lab mice bound tightly with photoreceptors and allowed them to see in the dark and more easily manipulate mazes in comparison to non-injected mice.
Additionally, the night vision properties given by the injections lasted up to 10 weeks before dissipating with no observable lasting side effects.
“This might be a way to equip warriors with night vision directly, and because it is temporary, it might be less risky than permanent treatments such as genetically engineering warriors’ optical systems,” said Arizona State University engineering professor Braden Allenby, according to Stars and Stripes.
The nanoparticles were engineered to perceive near infrared light for this test, but could in theory, also be adjusted to detect different wavelengths to include those put off by radioactive material.