Bionic Eye Promising in TrialsA team of researchers from Australia has built a bionic eye—"Gennaris." The creators say that it can reverse vision loss by using a brain implant. While the device has only been tested on sheep, scientists will begin human clinical trials soon.
The researchers point out that optic nerve damage is the leading cause of blindness. Gennaris bypasses damaged optic nerves, allowing signals to be transmitted from the retina to the brain's vision center. The researchers said:
"Our design creates a visual pattern from combinations of up to 172 spots of light (phosphenes) which provides information for the individual to navigate indoor and outdoor environments, and recognize the presence of people and objects around them."
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