A new microchip has been produced which will speed up the process toward the bionic eye, and I'm proud to say it's an Aussie organization leading the way - Bionic Vision Australia.
On the website, they also explain how the bionic eye will work:
"The high-acuity bionic eye will consist of a camera, attached to a pair of glasses which capture images and send them directly to a retinal implant, containing a microchip. The information is decoded by the microchip and informs the electrical stimulation of the retina. These signals are then passed along the optic nerve to the brain where they are interpreted as vision."
This is amazing stuff and will not only benefit Stargardt's patients but other more common eye conditions like macular degeneration.
I've been pondering this idea of becoming bionic woman for a while, although I never really understood how it would work. I kept telling people "it's something to do with a microchip in your eye" which actually sounds quite weird. Now I understand that it will incorporate glasses, hopefully a pair that you wear every day and not big, thick lensed goofy looking glasses! I'm guessing there will still involve some sorts of surgery to implant the microchip and then to connect it to the nerves. Medicine truly is amazing.
This is a diagram from the Bionic Vision Australia website explaining how the device will work.
Check out their website for more information and to see the picture clearer!
Bionic Vision Australia