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Bionic eye gives hope to the blind

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-sty...ind-article-1.1261157?localLinksEnabled=false

    Bionic eye gives hope to the blind

    After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind around the world.

    Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than sixty people recover partial sight, with some experiencing better results than others.

    Consisting of 60 electrodes implanted in the retina and glasses fitted with a special mini camera, Argus II has already won the approval of European regulators. The US Food and Drug Administration is soon expected to follow suit, making this bionic eye the world's first to become widely available.

    "It's the first bionic eye to go on the market in the world, the first in Europe and the first one in the US," said Brian Mech, the California-based company's vice president of business development.

    Those to benefit from Argus II are people with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disease, affecting about 100,000 people in the US, that results in the degeneration of the retinal photoreceptors.

    The photoreceptor cells convert light into electrochemical impulses that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve, where they are decoded into images.

    "The way the prosthesis works (is) it replaces the function of the photoreceptors," Mech told AFP.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/bionic-eye-hope-blind-article-1.1261157#ixzz2KgxbtZAZ
  2. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Wow. I can't believe no one commented on this yet.
  3. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Sent a link to my son who has RP. Wow! This is wonderful news for those with RP.
  4. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Really interesting...I worry that stuff like this will lead to everyone who doesn't see 20/20 having bionic eyes though.

    I can't even imagine, if this works, what it would be like for someone who has been blind their entire life to just see all of a sudden. Crazy.
  5. Lonestar94

    Lonestar94 Well-Known Member

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    Would love to see that.
  6. CashMan

    CashMan Well-Known Member

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    There is a movie like that, I think Val Kilmer is in it.

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