Bionic Eye Helps Blind Man See After 20 Years

For 20 years Anthony Andreotolla has lived in darkness because of a degenerative eye disease. The Massachusetts man started losing his vision as a teenager and by his thirties, he couldn’t see anything. But thanks to technology, he’s got some sight back.

Andreotolla is one of the first people to get a bionic eye and wears special glasses that have a tiny camera that sends images to a wearable computer, and those are processed and sent wirelessly to the implant in his eye. “It’s not actual vision,” he explains. “It’s what they call artificial vision.”

He says he sees everything in flashes, lights, and shapes and that his vision is cloudy and black and white. But this incredible technology has given him hope again. “Once I lost my sight, I was resigned to be blind for the rest of my life,” Andreotolla explains. “I’m not resigned to that anymore. I believe if I can live long enough, I’ll be able to see a lot of beautiful things.”

SourceCBS News

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