artificial retina

Eye Implant Restores Sight To Blind.

"Current versions of the device use external television cameras instead of the eye's own lens to form a visual image." Some MPEGs of what it might look like from the inside are on the Intraocular Retinal Prosthesis site.

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7 Responses:

  1. I wonder if that would work for someone whose retina is fine but whose optic nerve has been destroyed?

  2. abates says:

    It's not a real artifical sight device unless it looks like half an automobile air filter.

  3. 1eyedkunt says:

    thanks for posting that! it's good to know they're working towards fixing retinal problems. maybe they'll develope something really workable before my other one goes. i've seen you post before on the same subject. do you have eye problems, or is it just a general interest?

    • jwz says:

      My interest is mostly that I really dig cyborgs.

      But I do have a floater in one eye that causes me some worry, though not yet enough worry to have done anything crazy like, you know, actually going to a doctor.

      • 1eyedkunt says:

        Oh, except sometimes, they mean you have a detached retina, and are screwed. Oh, and if your retina just detached all by itself, you know, without you getting hit in the head with a crowbar or something, then chances are your other eye will go out of warranty in the same way. Have a nice day!

        yup, exactly what happened to me. believe me, you don't want to fuck around with this shit. the longer you wait the more fucked you are. if i hadn't waited a week to get my eyes checked out after my vision got all weird, it's more than likely i'd be able to see out of my left eye like a normal person now.

        i'm not sure what the floater would mean...i think if you start to get lots of little cobwebby ones and little flashes of light i'd start to worry about your retina (sudden blindness is also a pretty good indicator) but one regular floater is probably not retina-related. in any case, get your eyes checked!

        • y'KNOW, considering how much time i spend being ferried around in motorized vehicles by you, i'd appreciate it if you could keep me in denial about just how bad your vision *IS*.

          that is, until you finally put your brain in that robot body.

          oh, and jwz: for some reason, "spot" is one of my favorite entries ever.
          but yeah, don't be a turkey like sara.

      • past_tense says:

        About a year ago, when I started taking Zyban to quit smoking, I noticed I had a whole bunch of floaters.

        The Zyban turned me into a puddle of flesh-coloured goo. A puddle of flesh-coloured goo. That mostly started sentences and mostly didn't remember to

        A puddle of flesh-coloured goo that repeated himself. A lot.

        So, anyway, I'm left wondering if the Zyban (all hail Zyban!) caused the floaters, or just whacked me out enough to suddenly notice them.

        I stopped taking it, and at least I can now resist the urge to talk to the little buggers. A year later, I still have them. And I'm still smoking. All hail Zyban!