A British man with retinitis pigmentosa has test driven the bionic eye, a set of implanted receivers that send impulses through the optic nerve and into the brain. Thirty-five test users are trying out the device worldwide, following a four-hour surgical procedure.
The Boston Retinal Implant Project unveiled a prototype prosthetic for people with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and macular degeneration. This post links to a New York Times article which also discusses the adaptable nature of the brain and visual cortex.
BrainPort Vision is a prosthetic device that uses electrical stimulation of the tongue to provide spatial information to users who are blind or who have vision limited to light perception. Learn more by linking to the BrainPort website.
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If you are the parent of a baby or young child who has been tentatively diagnosed with LCA, your doctors probably suggested that your child have an electroretinogram (ERG) in order to confirm the diagnosis. You're probably wondering what the test is like and whether or not you should do it now. We'll explain what the test was like for our family and hopefully this will help you make your own decision.