Gallery: Solar-Powered Eye Implant Gives Sight to the Blind

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Researchers at Stanford University recently announced that they have developed a new artificial retina implant that uses photovoltaic power and could help the blind see. The problem with previous implants was that there was no way send power to the chip in order to process light and data inside the eye. Now, miniature photovoltaic cells are being used to provide power to the chip as well as to transmit data through the eye to the brain. The new device has great promise to help people afflicted by the loss of photoreceptor cells by using the power of the sun.

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  1. Larry Warner May 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    How old were the people this was tried on? My wife is 91 and wishes so badly to have some sight . She only sees light darkness and shadows.

  2. Inspiring Green Technol... September 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    […] Photovoltaic Device Gives Sight to the Blind […]

  3. jeanX December 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Re: solar-implants, how is this going to help the blind ‘see’?
    I mean, ‘see’ as sighted people?
    Even though this is a prototype,
    I don’t think this is ‘seeing’.

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