Technology similar to chips in cell phone cameras helps patients see light and shapes after years of total blindness
After being blind for more than 20 years, Chris James is regaining the gift of sight thanks to a computer chip implanted at the back of his eye.
The 54-year-old is the first British patient to be fitted with the new chip, which is similar to those found in cell phone cameras, Sky News reported. The treatment was developed for people who, like James, suffer from retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease that destroys the retina over time.
The chip, developed by German company Retina Implant AG, was inserted behind James’ retina at Oxford University Eye Hospital as part of a clinical trial that will be carried out on up to 12 patients. Read more...
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