Retinal Implants Help Blind People Regain Meaningful Visual Perception (+VIDEO)

future, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen, futurist technology, medical technology, retinal implants, futuristic
Scientists at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research at the University of Tübingen have succeeded in restoring vision to blind patients using tiny retinal implants embedded in the eye. They ran an experimental trial with a group of the blind volunteers, who had all lost their vision through hereditary retinal dystrophy but could still detect light. They have surgically implanted subretinally a light-sensitive, externally powered microchip near the macular region. As a result three previously blind persons could locate bright objects on a dark table, two of which could make out grating patterns. One of these patients could correctly describe and name objects on a table, geometric patterns, different kinds of fruit and discern shades of grey with only 15 per cent contrast; moreover the regained visual functions enabled him to localize and approach persons in a room freely and to read large letters as complete words after several years of blindness.

More Posts:

Skylon Spaceplane: From Runway To Space
Your Devoted Companion: The Joggobot (+VIDEO)
Aluminum And Water Make…Eco-Friendly Fuel!
Vegetative Patients Are Still Aware
Cinemizer OLED Glasses From Carl Zeiss
Generating 3D Structures From Stem Cells
PR2 Robot Has Been Taught The Meaning Of Tactile Adjectives (+VIDEO)
Expanding the Input Expressivity of Smartwatches with Mechanical Pan, Twist, Tilt, and Click
AUDS - Anti-UAV Defence System
Microsoft Imagines The Future For NFL Fans With HoloLens