Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New bionic eye may eventually help blindness

A team of eye specialists at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital ave fitted "bionic eyes" to two men in their 50s to partially restore their eyesight. The 'bionic eye' is an artificial eye, connected to a camera on a pair of glasses, developed by the American firm Second Sight; patients wear a small unit at their waist to power the camera and process the images. This is the first time the treatment has been tried on patients in the UK and is part of an international clinical study on the therapy.

IMO: Such ideas have been mooted for many years, as for example in the very early and much publicised work of Dobelle, and whilst interesting both in fact and philosophically, have apparently not so far been very effective for a long time period.

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