The Bionic Eye project is set to perform their first human trials this year, as recently reported in New Scientist. This breakthrough technology will assist in restoring vision in people without a working retina; “you don’t need an eyeball at all” says Professor Arthur Lowery from Monash University. A camera mounted on a pair of glasses feeds information directly to the brain via an implant placed directly on the area of the brain that process visual signals. This world-first cortical implant has the potential to benefit up to 85% of the clinically blind.
Australian volunteers who have recently lost their sight due to injury will be initially targeted for the trial.