The first bionic eye developed by a team at the Monash University is said to have the capacity to restore complete sight by people who suffer blindness in any form.

It is not a new story that scientists from around the world have been conducting researches to find a cure for individuals suffering from blindness.

Most of all the products developed in the past have failed to solve this all-important human need.

However, the team at Monash University says that what it has developed has the capacity to enable blind people see again. 

Dubbed ‘Gennaris bionic vision system’ the product had been work in progress for nearly 10 years and works by bypassing damaged optic nerves to allow signals be transmitted from the retina to the vision centre of the brain.

The user would have to wear a custom-designed headgear that has the camera and a wireless transmitter installed and a set of 9mm tiles are implanted in the brain that receives the signals from the aforementioned receiver. 

In a statement on the new creation, Arthur Lowery, professor at Monash University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, said- “Our design creates a visual pattern from combinations of up to 172 spots of light (phosphenes) which provides information for the individual to navigate indoor and outdoor environments, and recognize the presence of people and objects around them.”

Researchers are SAID TO ALSO BE looking to advance their system to help people with untreatable neurological conditions like limb paralysis, quadriplegia. “If successful, the MVG [Monash Vision Group] team will look to create a new commercial enterprise focused on providing a vision to people with untreatable blindness and movement to the arms of people paralyzed by quadriplegia, transforming their health care.” 


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