Gabrielle Masone wants to help colorblind people see the world in all its vivid colors, KSLA News reports.
The idea for the new contact lens began with the 28-year-old’s own experience.
"When I was little, I had an eye condition called amblyopia, and it made me lose vision in one of my eyes," Gabrielle said.
When she started studying chemistry at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, she got an idea that she thought might tackle color blindness and help the thousands of people whose lives are limited because of it.
“You know, everyone knows pilot, but like, electricians, RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] officers, there’s all these jobs that you just can’t get if you’re color-vision deficient,” she said.
She hopes to develop contact lenses with a special light-filtering coating, allowing wearers to see every color of the rainbow.
She launched Colorsmith Labs, Inc., in Halifax, to work on the project. Scientists at Saint Mary’s University are also helping with nanoparticle technology.
The technology hasn’t been tested on people yet, but the scientists are working on it. Colorsmith is close to completing the lenses, but the company will need a $1.5 million investment to finish.
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