Gallery: Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bi...

Dr. Penny Allen examines Dianne Ashworth's bionic eye implant (Photo credit: David Mirabella)

Bionic Vision Australia, a government-funded research consortium in Carlton, Victoria, announced Thursday that it has successfully implanted and tested an early prototype bionic eye. Dr. Penny Allen, a retinal surgeon, implanted the prototype in the retina of Dianne Ashworth, a volunteer subject who suffers from profound vision loss from an inherited condition called retinitis pigmentosa. After a recovery period, researchers tested the device in a lab at the Bionics Institute in East Melbourne. According to an announcement from Bionic Vision Australia, Ashworth reported, “I didn’t know what to expect, but all of a sudden, I could see a little flash … it was amazing. Every time there was stimulation there was a different shape that appeared in front of my eye.”

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