World's First Bionic Eye To Help Blind People Restore Their Vision

Harin - Sep 21, 2020


World's First Bionic Eye To Help Blind People Restore Their Vision

Researchers from Melbourne-based Monash University in Australia have developed a bionic eye that uses a brain implant to bring back vision to blind people.

For people with blindness, life is undoubtedly challenging. For us who can see, we can’t fully understand the importance of sight.

Researchers have been working on various bionic solutions to help blind people. None of them has come up with one usable solution. However, it seems like, there is one that has come awfully close.

Researchers from Melbourne-based Monash University in Australia have developed a bionic eye that is said to use a brain implant to bring back vision to blind people. And according to the claim of the team, their invention is the first bionic eye in the world.

Bionic Eye
According to the claim of the team, their invention is the first bionic eye in the world.

Called “Gennaris bionic vision system,” the bionic eye has been developed for almost 10 years now. So how does it work? The bionic eye bypasses damaged optic nerves so that signals can be transmitted from the retina to the brain’s vision center.

And it is simple as that. What the user would have to do is to wear a headgear that is custom-designed. The headgear consists of a camera and a wireless transmitter. For the bionic eye to work, the user will have a set of 9-millimeter tiles implanted in their brain to receive signals from the receiver.

Gennaris Bionic Vision System 1
What the user would have to do is to wear a headgear that is custom-designed.

Professor Arthur Lowery from the Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering Department, Monash University said that the design combined a maximum of 172 spots of light to create a visual patter to provide information for the user to move in both indoor and outdoor environments, to recognize the objects and people around them.

Researchers now plan to advance their system so that it can be used for people who have untreatable neurological conditions such as quadriplegia, paralysis.

Blind People
Researchers want to advance their system so that it can be used for people who have untreatable neurological conditions.

The system has given successful results with minimal side effects when tested in sheep. Now, the team is preparing to test the device in a human clinical trial that will be conducted in Melbourne.

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