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Thursday, March 13, 2008

MIT Bio-Electronic Eye Implant To Restore Sight

MIT Bio-Electronic Eye Implant To Restore Sight. Researchers at MIT are feeling pretty good that their work is very close to be able to "restore partial sight to people who have slowly gone blind because of diseases of the retina."

The bio-electronic eye implant, that is about the size of a Q-Tip head, would actually sit behind the retina at the back of the eye, and images then get transmitted to the brain "via a wire the width of a human hair."

As it stands, an FDA grant application is already in the works, and the MIT researchers are hoping to have it implanted in an animal in a few months.

The implant only works for people who "were once able to see and have partially intact optic nerve cells" those who are blind at birth or have glaucoma are not candidates for the procedure.

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