January 29, 2016      

Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia are getting ready to begin human trials of the Phoenix99, a fully implantable bionic eye that has the world’s first neural stimulation technology.

The Phoenix99 bionic eye has already been successfully tested in pre-clinical work, but improvements made since then now have the device ready for human implantation. The scientists want to implant the Phoenix99 bionic eye in 12 patients over the next two years.

The implantation process takes 2-3 hours. There’s a small disc that goes behind the ear that transmits data and power the device. The user also wears glasses, equipped with a special camera. The camera captures the images which define the stimulation of nerve cells in patient’s retina, sending signals to the visual cortex of the brain.

The scientists claim that the Phoenix99 bionic eye can be a potential solution to Retinitis Pigmentation problems and age related macular degeneration. Retinitis pigmentosa is the leading cause of blindness in younger people. The degenerative condition affects around 20,000 Australians and two million people worldwide, and strikes in the prime of life often when a person is in their 30s. It can lead to complete blindness within a decade.

[Source:] Hulu Magazine