A woman that has been blind for seven years has regained the ability to see shapes and colors with new bionic eye implant that directly connected to the brain.
The 30-year-old woman had a wireless visual stimulator chip inserted to her brain
Surgeons from University of California, Los Angeles had their first human test with a 30-year-old woman having a wireless visual stimulator chip inserted into her brain.
As a result, the woman began seeing colored flashes, lines, and spots when signals were sent to her brain from a computer.
According to a statement, the woman who wished to remain unknown, suffered no significant adverse side effects in the process.
It has reported that the device uses technology to restore sight by passing the optic nerve to stimulate the brain’s visual cortex.
The technology is said to be a possible help to patients suffering glaucoma, cancer, diabetic retinopathy, or trauma.
The next step is to connect the implanted camera on a pair of glasses as the company plans to seek approval from FDA in 2017 in order to start series of trials.
UCLA neurosurgeon Nader Pouratain who implanted the stimulator, said the results of the surgery are promising.
“Based on these results, stimulation of the visual cortex has the potential to restore useful vision to the blind, which is important for independence and improving quality of life,” he said.