Bionic Eye Cures Blindness

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

First Bionic Arms- Now Bionic Eyes! Last week the FDA gave approval to the Argus II, a bionic eye that could potentially cure blindness in 15,000 people in the US. The Alpha IMS, a new implant in early testing, has cured blindness in eight people so far. Anthony gives us a sneak peak at this amazing new tech.

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“How does a “bionic eye” allow blind people to see?”

“In the past 20 years, biotechnology has become the fastest-growing area of scientific research, with new devices going into clinical trials at a breakneck pace. A bionic arm allows amputees to control movements of the prosthesis with their thoughts. A training system called BrainPort is letting people with visual and balance disorders bypass their damaged sensory organs and instead send information to their brain through the tongue. Now, a company called Second Sight has received FDA approval to begin U.S. trials of a retinal implant system that gives blind people a limited degree of vision.”

“FDA approves first bionic eye”

“It won’t restore sight completely, but allows sight-impaired individuals to detect light and dark. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a device created by Second Sight Medical Products that can be used to treat a rare type of blindness called retinitis pigmentosa. Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic eye condition in which cells of the retina, which are responsible for translating light rays into images in the brain, gradually deteriorate.”

Retinal implant restores vision for eight blind people

“While the Argus II relies on glasses, an externally-mounted video camera, and a separate processing box, the Alpha IMS system detects light coming into the eye via electrodes implanted underneath the patient’s retina, before feeding it into a microchip that sends the signals to the brain. The brain then processes the data as it would organic signals from a healthy eye, and the patient sees a black and white image. There’s also a dial fitted behind the ear for adjusting brightness, and the whole system is powered wirelessly by a pocket battery.”

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36 comments

Vasto Lorde June 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Why not try making complete bionic eyes?

DragonGuy GTO July 11, 2017 - 2:52 AM

Not what I expected, I thought it would be something like Aldnoah.Zero's bionic eye or "Analytical engine" as Inaho calls it

Joshua Rivera July 16, 2017 - 10:21 AM

I just wonder if that kind of tech would work for a guy like me. I am visually impaired as a result of a traumatic brain injury. So I can't be too sure about things like that working for me.

luis franco ramos perez July 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

how much will it cost?

Claude LeBel August 25, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Your background music is anoying. Really. Do you really think that it spices up your presentation?

Pedro Toribio September 2, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Who know

Road to the Super Bowl September 7, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Im blind. Would this help me?

Student October 1, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Cool

pavan bheesetty November 8, 2017 - 2:30 PM

my mom is suffering from cataract very high level!! she is unable to identify the objects before her as they are too blurry… what would you suggest her??the alpha IMS. is it going to help my mom in getting back the vision of clear objects and ccry with happpiness in seeing this beautiful world??
can anyone please reply?
– A mother loving son

Karthik B N November 13, 2017 - 10:47 AM

If they lower the cost then even middle class or low income family can afford this. I mean literally and outrageously expensive…

MicroMexsus January 20, 2018 - 10:06 PM

I had a dream I had a bionic eye and the color of the retinal was red. I could analyze things and it had a menu to talk with the gadget. The middle would look like an ordinary brown retinal at first but it would turn red with tech flowing through it when I focused on things so I used it to scare people. I randomly woke up blind at the start of my dream and went to the hospital then woke up feeling nothing and everything was red once I saw how it looked when I focused on the mirror it scared me. But when I did focus on things my sight would shrink and I would only see a dot of the world but then when I stopped focusing my sight would start enlargened again. I had a bunch of get well soon cards worth hundreds of dollars. The only bad part was it had to recharge and to do that I had to go to the hospital once every 5 days.

It was a very very weird dream.

Fahed Mirza January 24, 2018 - 3:14 PM

My dad eye damaged against glaucoma retina detached how can i contact and is he able to see with bionic eye ?

you February 10, 2018 - 5:20 PM

I wish my friend can get one of these….

MochiVwj February 23, 2018 - 6:36 AM

I want my brother to see better

ArnoldXD April 30, 2018 - 11:54 AM

less expensive? Hah this is just the beginning of the opposite. We can't defy the logic behind supply and demand. I wish what you say were true but from what i've seen… nah

محسن البصرواي June 22, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Salam alaikoum. I am from Basrah. I live in Basra. I need a doctor 's number and the hospital has my brother Mashov if possible…..
009647719555242

Jorge Dominguez July 8, 2018 - 12:54 PM

can this lead to vr? just like how records became earbuds

CiTYLiGHTS July 15, 2018 - 3:18 AM

WHY CANT WE JUST MAKE COMPLETE EYE TRANSPLANTS A THING?? PEOPLE DIE EVERYDAY B AND A LOT OF THEM HAVE 20/20 VISION. JUST SWAP THEIR EYES WITH OURS!

พิท August 24, 2018 - 10:31 PM

can I read the book if change to bionic eyes?

Pictobloxer September 20, 2018 - 2:56 AM

We will assimilate you and your crew

Deyvison Máximo October 19, 2018 - 9:21 PM

I am blind in one eye and I wear eye prosthesis, seeing this report give me immense joy, because it may be that one day I can see through both eyes if at least one day I would stop using the eye prosthesis and use the bionic eye, even without having to see it, was an immense joy because I would stop using the eye prosthesis.
I'm Brazilian and I never give up!
BRAZIL.

Riasat Salmin Sami December 12, 2018 - 10:10 PM

2013: WE will cure blindness

2018: Fortnite!

GodsBadAssBlade January 25, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Blindness might be cured in 20-30 years, 10 is a bit of a stretch

0 to 1 February 7, 2019 - 3:15 PM

When is it possible for us humans to develop artificial eyes which could help blind people see?

Anonymous Hunter March 12, 2019 - 8:06 AM

What about for optic nerve damage?

Erfaan Ahmad July 24, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Can totally blind see with bionic eyes?

cipher 000 August 25, 2019 - 6:13 AM

>¡I knew it<

H TIZ October 25, 2019 - 6:53 AM

I’m proud to say I got 20/10 vision :D

DarkVeneno November 14, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Does it work for blind people since birth?

Jana K. February 22, 2020 - 3:42 AM

We are eliminating human blindness – yes!!! Argus research 👍😀

Sam Time February 29, 2020 - 9:40 AM

The blind, what? We are blind people not just the blind.

Elizabeth Marks-Graham March 18, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Does this really work and what about people who are born blind

Mr Spinner April 28, 2020 - 2:52 AM

Anyone else recognize him from star wars show? XD

Monika Yadav September 18, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Clovis 19

Nonsense's play May 17, 2021 - 12:01 PM

cyberpunk will be real!

Zach Bruner December 28, 2021 - 2:48 AM

fake