Friday, February 16, 2007

Bionic Eye Surgeries Allowed To Proceed

A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years.

US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients.

The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye.

Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement.

As a child of the 70's I find this very cool. There also is an excellent tie-in of course. The bionic woman is being remade as a pilot for NBC with brittish actress Michell Ryan, taking over the part from that woman who loves her select comfort beds.