21.10.2015

New bionic eye given UK approval

New bionic eye given UK approval

A new bionic eye which can help blind people to see has been given UK approval and may soon be rolled out.

An artificial retina implant which is the first of its kind has been given the green light by regulators in Europe after trials proved to be a success, the Daily Express reported.

Studies revealed that people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, a debilitating eye condition which is one of the leading causes of blindness on the planet, can be given partial sight through using the device.

It works by using a pair of "glasses" with sensors which compute the images in front of a person and convert them through a tiny implant on the eye, helping the person to "see" certain shapes and make out contrast in colour.

Meanwhile, recent research carried out by experts at the University of Edinburgh found that the brain can use other senses, such as touch, to help people understand spatial awareness, with researchers claiming the development could lead to new treatments for people with vision problems.

by Alexa Kaczka


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