A bionic eye technology developed might just make it outside the laboratories into the real world because a prototype of Bionic Vision Australia’s technology was implanted behind one of the retinas of a woman named Dianne Ashworth.
When switched on, Dianne, who's been blind for the past 30 years due to retinitis pigmentosa — was able to see lights and shapes again. Incredible. Check out the video below:
“I didn’t know what to expect, but all of a sudden, I could see a little flash… It was amazing,” she said. “Every time there was stimulation there was a different shape that appeared in front of my eye.”
There's a lot more to do before the bionic eye can fully restore a person's eyesight, but they hope that after studying Ashworth's experiences with the implant they would be able to develop and test more advanced prototypes in hopes that these implants may be able to work just as well in other patients.