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Kubota to offer glasses that can halt or reverse nearsightedness
Kubota Pharmaceutical will sell specially designed glasses dubbed Kubota Glass, which it claims are able to reverse the effects of myopia.
The glasses shine tiny lights at the retina to simulate short-distance blurring, forcing the user to look further ahead and in doing so taking the pressure of the axial deformation of eyeballs.
Long-term testing is still required to gauge how effective Kubota Glass is at this in detail, but studies so far suggest that they are at least effective at curbing the progression of myopia.
Kubota Glass has been approved as a medical device in Taiwan and the USA.
Kubota Pharmaceutical charges 770,000 yen for a pair of Kubota Glass while offering a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.
According to 2009 research conducted by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, around 25% of first-graders had less than perfect eyesight, with the percentage rising to 50% among sixth-graders.
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