The FDA has approved an artificial retina, which will give people with certain types of blindness the ability to see things such as traffic on the street, crosswalks, and even large letters and numbers. In the future the company behind the retina, Second Sight Medical Products, hope to treat people with age-related macular degeneration, but for now they are limited to treating people with retinitis pigmentosa. In addition, you must be over 25, have previously had useful vision, and be so visually impaired that the device would be an improvement. Eventually they plan to offer the implantation of electrodes directly into the brain to address blindness from all causes.
The Bionic Eye
What do you think about this new product? Will it have the same type of impact the cochlear implants have had on the deaf community? If you qualified, would you get the artificial retina?