Doctors prepare for the implantation of the first bionic eye
Researchers are preparing for the world’s first clinical trials of the bionic eye in humans.
A team from Monash University has developed a bionic device that can restore vision to the blind with a brain implant. It consists of a camera, a wireless transmitter, a data processor, and a set of microelectrodes connected to neurons.
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The Gennaris system transmits signals from the retina to the visual center of the brain, bypassing damaged nerves. The device creates an image from a combination of 172 light spots, providing a person with enough information to move in a building and in an open space, as well as recognize the movement of people and surrounding objects.
In July, doctors successfully implanted the Gennaris array in three sheep. After testing for 2,700 hours of use, the device did not adversely affect animal health. The team is now preparing to test the Australians.
The developers also plan to improve the system, adapting it to treat people with incurable neurological diseases, such as paralysis of the limbs.
Recall that in May, Chinese researchers also announced the creation of a spherical vision sensor that mimics the structure of the human eye and can use sunlight as an energy source.
, Monash University