New 'Bionic' Eye Technology Helps the Blind See Light [video]

Minneapolis and St. Paul’s reports that the University of Minnesota is looking to bring “light” to those who are legally blind with a device known as the “bionic eye.”

Two of U of M surgeons are going to attach a new prosthetic called “Argus II” to an eye once they find the right candidate, the university announced last week. It’s designed to help blind people see contrasted light and motion.

Dr. Sandra Montezuma is one of those doctors, and she is also a University of Minnesota Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology.

“There’s going to be a small video camera that is going to capture the scene that’s going to be transferring that information to the video processor unit, which is a small computer that is going to interpret that information,” Montezuma said.


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