January 10, 2013
I don’t know about you but my heart goes out to any blind person who crosses my path. I think of all the beauty and colors that they are unable to see especially the ones who are born blind. Here’s some good happy news for a change that I’d like to share with the world at large.
Artificial Eye/ Retinal Prosthesis could help the Blind see again.
Click on the link below and scroll down to the picture of the artificial eye.
Shawn Kelly, a senior systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a computer chip that translates camera images into electrical pulses that the nerves inside the brain can understand. The result is vision.
The cameras are incredibly small and mounted on a pair of glasses. The digital information picked up from the camera is sent along a wire to a thin film surgically implanted in the back of the patient’s eye, between the sclera and the retina. The electrical signals stimulate the nerves in the retina, and that allows the patient to see. The system is powered via induction – not much current is necessary since the electric field doesn’t have to penetrate far into the head.
Let’s hope it will be available to the public very soon at affordable prices. Better still that insurances will cover this.