This year in Australia, researchers will implant a world-first bionic eye that can restore sight to the blind—no eyeball necessary.
While bionic eyes might sound futuristic, there are already a few retinal implants on the market. U.S.-based Second Sight, the FDA-approved industry leader, has put at least 150 of their $145,000 systems in retinas around the world.
But what electrical engineer Arthur Lowery and his team plan to do in 2016 is different. Because even if a patient’s eyeball is damaged or they’re completely eyeless, his new glasses could help them see. Not a picture-perfect view of the world, but instead, the image will be more like a couple hundred dots configured to help guide a patient’s way...
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