‘Bionic eye’ offered at UM offers hope to those with vision…

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‘Bionic eye’ offered at U-M hope to those with loss

A “bionic eye” at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye may now help formerly blind regain at least a sense of

Linda Schulte, the first with the implanted technology it was approved last year, be more thrilled.

Not long her new “eye” homed in on the stripe on her T-shirt on the outside driveway at her Ohio, home.

There flashes of light and movement and — with the bounce of a basketball on — the 66-year-old grandmother of 10 said she “see” her grandson for the first

“To me, it was seeing him,” she said. “I I’ll never see his face, but I judge how tall he is and everything. I where he was moving.”

The Argus II Prosthesis System was surgically in Schulte’s left eye in January.

It a set of glasses with a small camera that wirelessly signals to Schulte’s implant, them into a series of electrical pulses that her retina’s remaining cells.

The Flashes of light that great contrast – the outline of a or the edges of a white plate a black tablecloth, for example.

It takes some practice, but “by those flashing lights as a (patients) can trace the plate,” Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, a retina at Kellogg.

He is scheduled to talk the procedure during a meeting of the Society of Cataract and Refractive Friday in Boston.

The device is for those who have Retinitis a degenerative disease in which experience a gradual loss of vision and night vision, and of central vision, which can in near blindness.

Schulte was 22 when sunlight to hurt, she said. Over the two decades, her visual world even as she tried to continue to at a bakery at a local grocery

She began to lose peripheral And at some point, her tunnel was so tight that, when she across the dinner table at her she could see only one of his eyes at a

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It wasn’t until 1994 she was diagnosed at University of Michigan. And by the she realized she was completely blind, “I pinpoint an exact date it happened. It was so gradual.”

In earlier stages of the clinical with the prosthetic retina, participants were able to lights and windows, follow in a crosswalk, or avoid running things as they walked. half were able to letters that were nine inches high. And could sort laundry or where other people located in a room.

Eventually, the may offer feedback that is precise, Jayasundera said.

For with the current model, will make their more precise as well.

Roger Pontz, 55, received his new eye in as well. He now moves around his City home without his hands to avoid running walls. He sees figures in front of him. And his wife whether he could see her empty bowl the other day at a restaurant; he by immediately putting his fingers on it.

a dishwasher at a local bowling said he is convinced that his exercises will continue to his visual abilities.

“But if it I’m happy with what got so far,” he said.

Contact Robin Erb: or 313-222-2708

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