In an era where technology seems to be harming us more than benefiting us, let’s not forget to highlight the times when it helps save lives. For instance, just recently scientists just found one of the coolest ways to help blind people regain eyesight. Isn’t that just wonderful?
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Surgeons at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) inserted a wireless visual stimulator chip into the brain of a 30-year-old woman. This woman reportedly had been blind for the past seven years. The product was brought to test for the first time and resulted in her seeing coloured flashes, spots and lines by sending signals to her brain through a computer. If that isn’t cool, I don’t know what else is!
Blindness is devastating. Around 40 million people suffer from blindness worldwide and 124 million people are diagnosed with low vision. No wonder ways to restore vision have always been a keen area of interest for researchers. The development of the bionic eye implant is a result of this effort made by the scientists proving it to be a significant breakthrough.
This device is specially designed for those who cannot benefit from the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, which was introduced last year but has some limitations such as not letting people perceive colours, being extremely expensive and it also depends on the patient having some retinal cells.