Bionic eye featured as an example of world class science in Melbourne
It was great to see The Age this morning featuring our bionic eye project as an example of world class science in Melbourne (which we know it is!)
Just as a quick re-cap:
- CERA leads the surgical and clinical components of the Bionic Vision Australia consortium, which has over 160 researchers over 5 partner organisations.
- We are in the final stages of a two-year study investigating the safety and efficacy of a prototype bionic eye.
- In this study, three blind patients were implanted with a bionic eye device, and tested both in laboratory and real-world situations. We have been able to show that the device improves a number of visual functions, and provides useful information for the patients.
- We are now planning for the next stage of clinical trials, which would involve a fully implantable device that patients could take home.
Read more on The Age’s article and other inspiring research here: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/sci-tech/world-class-science-thats-made-in-melbourne-20140826-108o6r.html