Doctors are trying to create a new method to deliver eye surgery using cataracts from the inside out.
A recent study suggests the procedure could save thousands of lives.
The ophthalmologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, Mike Brown, has developed a system that uses laser-assisted microsurgery to inject tiny cataras into the lens, which could be placed under a microscope and removed.
The team of surgeons from three other universities is testing a prototype system they believe will work in most cases.
They hope to begin clinical trials next year.
The technology is still being tested on a smaller scale, and they don’t yet know how long the procedure would take or how many catarats might be required.