Scientists at Australia's Monash University are working on a device that can allegedly restore vision to the blind.First-of-its-kind, the device uses a combination of electronics and brain-implanted microelectrodes to bypass damaged optic nerves that are often responsible for what's defined as technical clinical blindness.
The technology gathers visual information withan outside camera. That data is processed and transmitted to the brain's neurons via microelectrodes that are thinner than a human hair.
The technology is still a long way from mass use, but so far the studies look promising. Scientists implanted 10 of these arrays in sheep and tested 2,700 hourswithout any any adverse health issues. They hope the following extensive human clinical trial will bring the technology one step closer to commercial viability.
The team behind the technology is currently looking to secure additional funding and believes their work promise well beyond vision. They anticipate the same approach could provide benefits and treatment options for patients with other conditions that have a neurological root cause, including paralysis.