Scientists create an amazing new device that restores vision to the blind
An Important and pathbreaking advancement in ophthalmic technology has left the scientific world in excitement when a blind woman’s vision was restored. The creation of a bionic eye implant fitted in the woman’s brain and attached to a bionic eye now helps her to see colors and shapes again.
The woman whose identity has not been disclosed was blind for 7 years. It’s amazing what technology can achieve and one can imagine ten years from now what new age miracles we may witness due to the further progress of technology in the medical world.
1 The first ever bionic aided eyesight
This was the first ever human test of the fantastic product that helps the wearer to see when blind. The bionic eye implant fitted onto the woman involved a wireless visual simulator chip implanted into her brain. The process was carried out by Surgeons at UCLA. (University of California). Once it was fitted the woman could see colored flashes, distinguish shapes, lines and spots as computer signals were repeatedly sent to her brain.
According to Chairman Robert Greenberg, The implant device was developed as part of the Orion 1 programme by Second Sight. The device relies on technological wizadry to help the woman see. Vision is restored without relying on the optic nerve which is bypassed and stimulating the brains visual cortex.
2 The best means to restore eyesight
The new device has been designed especially for those who can’t have their sight restored by the Argus II retinal system. The Argus II had earlier been presented at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital last year but was proving limited in uses as it required retinal cells in patients. The new methods of the bionic eye implant is now proving to be the best possible method that can restore sight by effectively transmitting signals to the brain . It can help in visually impaired conditions such as glaucoma, cancer, diabetic retinopathy and varied visual conditions.
The bionic eye implant is awaiting FDA approval which should fall through in 2017. Once that is achieved the company plans to fit a camera on the glasses. The genius behind the implanted simulator UCLA surgeon Nader Pouratian said “Based on these results, stimulation of the visual cortex has the potential to restore useful vision to the blind, which is important for independence and improving quality of life.” Watch the incredible video.