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‘Bionic’ eye for the blind

- Medicine · Science · 3D Printing · Tech · Minnesota · United States of America · University of Minnesota

Sci­en­tiStS are a step closer to cre­at­ing a bionic eye that could help blind or par­tially sighted peo­ple see.

Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Min­nesota in the U. S. used 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy to de­velop the pro­to­type.

they were able to at­tach printed light re­cep­tors onto a glass dome for the first time.

this ‘eye’ was able to con­vert light to elec­tric­ity, in a sim­i­lar way to how the retina in a real eye con­verts light to elec­tri­cal sig­nals, which then pass to the brain.

Writ­ing in the jour­nal Ad­vanced Ma­te­ri­als, the sci­en­tists say they are plan­ning to cre­ate a sec­ond pro­to­type with more light re­cep­tors.

even­tu­ally they hope to print this eye onto a soft ma­te­rial that can be im­planted into a hu­man eye socket, pro­vid­ing hope for mil­lions of peo­ple with sight loss.

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