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Superhuman eyesight has been successfully tested in one study, where a participant was able to obtain this cat-like ability to see people and symbols up to 50 meters in the dark. The independent research group of biohackers, Science for the Masses in California, is onto something major in the world of science, experimentation and possibly blindness.

The key ingredient is Chlorin e6 (Ce6), which creates a chemical reaction that strengthens low light sources as they come through. This analog molecule has been a therapy in cancer treatments, as well as an aide to help those with poor night vision. With the mixture of Ce6 and a saline solution, the group was able to make this discovery a success for several hours.

Once the concoction was injected into the participant’s eyes, Gabriel Licina, they turned pitch black for a few seconds before dissipating. The team also covered his eyes in black contact lenses to ‘reduce the potential for bright light exposure.’ He was able to identify the figures 100 percent of the time, and his eyes returned to normal in the morning with no reported side-effects.

In addition to this mixture, insulin and the substance dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) were used to make these eye drops sufficient. Although the first trial was a success, they are still at the experimental phase, so probably best to wait a bit before trying these innovations out.

One might ponder what risks this may have, as eye injections for seemingly super power effects might be considered extreme. They make it clear that “the high risk of cellular toxicity from outside contaminants being absorbed through the skin make this chemical something that should only be handled with caution,” as noted in the Science for the Masses paper. The damages could be significant if not administered by a trained professional. In other words, do not try this one at home.

Such precautions might be absolutely necessary since there is no medical approval provided with the tests. Eye Health Condition Manager at Boots Opticians spoke to Techtimes about the potential hazards.

“[While] the idea of ‘night vision eye drops’ may seem interesting, this appears to be an unlicensed and unproven solution that has no medical approval,” said Peake.

Further tests are in the works to develop a broader spectrum of eye activity for the biohackers to play around in.

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