Now, see up to 50m in darkness with these night vision eye-drops

Scared of the dark? Fear not as scientists have now created night vision eye drops, which enables one to see up to 50m in the dark.

ANI| Last Updated: Mar 30, 2015, 16:46 PM IST

London: Scared of the dark? Fear not as scientists have now created night vision eye drops, which enables one to see up to 50m in the dark.

The team behind it, an independent Californian biohackers, Science for the Masses, theorised that Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a natural molecule that could be created from algae and other green plants, could improve eyesight in dark environments, the Independent reported.

The molecule, which is found in some deep sea fish, forms the basis of some cancer therapies and has been previously prescribed for night blindness.

Gabriel Licina, who willingly tested the drops on himself, said that after an hour, he was able to distinguish shapes from 10 metres away in the dark and soon at 50 metres, "I could figure who they were, even if they were standing up against a tree."

The control group without Ce6 were only able to pick out the objects a third of the time, while Licina's success was 100 per cent, and the effect lasted only for a few hours, and his eyesight returned to normal the next day.

The organisation has released a paper that detailed the experiment in their website, and they admit that more research was needed to measure the actual amount of electrical stimulation increase in the eye whilst the long term effects of the procedure will require further investigation.