This is not the latest pair of over-the-top sunglasses that comes loaded with extra electronic gadgetry.
The Argus II, which is the first FDA-approved eye implant, will enable people with a genetic-eye disease to have their vision partially enhanced, the Associated Press reported. The apparatus wirelessly puts out images to the brain, through a video camera and a transmitter on a pair of glasses. Dr. Mark Humanyn, the inventor of the Argus II, worked on the “bionic eyes” glasses for 25 years to bring it to fruition. The glasses are made for patients aged 25 and older.
The device is only approved for retintis pigmentosa, a disorder that causes gradual blindness and affects 100,0000 people in the United States.
If successful, the device could eventually be used to treat millions with other vision disorders.