The team at Monash University builds a bionic eye that can help blind individuals see again
The team allegedly claims that this is the world’s first bionic eye. Scientists have been trying to find a cure for blindness for a while. However, none of the solutions has been helpful on a larger scale to date. The bionic eye is under development for a decade now.
The mechanism of the system involves bypassing damaged optic nerves. It will allow signals to transmit from the retina to the occipital lobe. The user will wear a custom headgear that has a camera and wireless transmitter installed. In addition, researchers will implant a set of 9mm tiles in the brain, which will receive signals from the receiver.
In a statement, Arthur Lowery, professor at Monash University said,
Furthermore, the researchers at the university are looking forward to treating other neurological conditions. For example, limb paralysis, through their advanced system.
Ray of Hope for the Blind
This system will bring hope to all those who have lost their vision. The bionic eye will give them the chance to experience seeing things. Moreover, researchers have tested this bionic eye in sheep by implanting it into their brains. They saw minimal side effects after the implantation.
They are now ready to take it to the next step, which is the first-ever human clinical trial. Furthermore, it will be conducted in Melbourne.