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Miami man invents robot to insert special contact lenses

A unique invention by a South Florida man is helping people with vision problems gain the gift of sight.
A unique invention by a South Florida man is helping people with vision problems gain the gift of sight.

AVENTURA, Fla. – A unique invention by a South Florida man is helping people with vision problems gain the gift of sight.

Craig Hershoff, who himself suffers from vision problems that require special lenses, realized that many people have difficulty inserting contacts due to age and dexterity.

His own experience led him to design a voice-activated lens fitting robot that can both insert and remove scleral lenses, which are for vision problems that cannot be corrected with standard contacts and glasses.

“We’ve tried the device on elderly people, I’m elderly too, and it really helps with dexterity. They’ve all liked it and appreciate how well it works,” Hersoff said.

The Cliara Lens Robot is currently going through testing at a clinical trial in Boston.

Depending on the outcome of the trial, Hershoff hopes to have FDA clearance on the device early next year.

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About the Authors:

Veteran journalist Kathleen Corso is the special projects producer for Local 10 News.

Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.