Unique diamond and gold lenses unveiled
Abu Dhabi, November 30, 2011
World-renowned ocularist and optometrist, Dr Chandrashekhar Chawan, unveiled his latest unique creation, the world’s first contact lenses embedded with diamonds and gold, at the 3rd Annual Women in Leadership Forum held recently.
His design is currently retailing at Rs700,000 ($13,480) a pair. With a limited production of just under 4,000 lenses, the lenses will be available in four designs featuring either diamonds with white or yellow gold, or a pure gold finish.
Profits from the lenses will be used to treat people suffering from Stevens Johnson Syndrome, an eye disease Dr Chawan has intensively studied that affects the tear glands.
An innovative concept in a fast growing region, the lenses are marketed as part of the La SER jewellery range and will be sold within India and foreign markets. The products weigh around five grams, and sit between six to nine millimetres away from the cornea in front of a water barrier.
The lenses can also be customised to correct a wide variety of visual impairments, thus broadening their commercial marketability.
Dr Chawan is the founder of the Shekhar Eye Research hospital in Mumbai, India, which offers cornea and oculoplasty services and custom made ocular prosthesis and scleral lenses to those in need.
His works are internationally accredited due to his creation and implementation of innovative techniques that deal with major eye diseases.
He negated the need for corneal transplantation in his creation of Boston scleral lenses, and generated scleral lenses to deal with insistent keratoconus and those suffering from Steven Johnson syndrome - his new lenses’ beneficiaries. – TradeArabia News Service
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