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Bionic Eye Implant May Make The Blind 'See'

Update Date: Dec 19, 2015 02:54 PM EST
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An exciting breakthrough is a bionic eye device that can actually help with a 'miracle'. It may enable blind people to see.

So here is hope for thousands who suffer from retinitis pigmentosa, according to the Daily Mail.

The Retinitis pigmentosa, or RP, is a hereditary disease leading to the degradation of light-detecting cells inside the eye. It might lead to blindness, which is a problem that may be fixed by the Argus Retinal Prosthesis system, the new device

The image in front of the user might be recorded by the glasses, after which the image is transferred to a small computer that then "translates the images into electrical impulses". One implant is located in the back of the retina, where "the long electrical pulses are delivered to the eye".

The Argus has sharpened images for those who suffer from RP in a trial that lasted for three years. It showed "long-term efficacy, safety and reliability," according to a recent press release.

"This study shows that the Argus II system is a viable treatment option for people profoundly blind due to retinitis pigmentosa - one that can make a meaningful difference in their lives and provides a benefit that can last over time," said lead researcher Allen C. Ho. "I look forward to future studies with this technology which may make possible expansion of the intended use of the device, including treatment for other diseases and eye injuries."

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