An Australian woman named Dianne Ashworth who suffered a significant vision loss from pigments retinitis, received a bionic eye prototype this past May at the Royal Victorian hospital which it was activated a month later.
“Suddenly I could see a small flash, it was amazing,” she said in a statement. “Every time there was a stimulation, there was a different way in front of my eye,” he added.
Researchers say it is an important step to help those who are visually impaired to fend independently and achieve mobility.
The bionic eye, designed, built and tested by Bionic Vision Australia, is equipped with 24 electrodes with a small cable that runs from the back of the eye to a receiver attached to your ear. You inserted into the space choroid, which is adjacent to the retina within the eye, retinal stimulating electronically as electrical pulses are passed through the device, which then stimulates the retina. These impulses become then the brain (creating the image).