If you're like a lot of people across the nation, you probably consider your sense of sight to be the most important of your senses and with good reason. We rely heavily on our sense of sight to take in information about the world around us in order to navigate and better understand it.
Unfortunately, we can lose our sense of sight because of degenerative diseases. In some cases, a person may be born without this sense altogether. Although this meant for a long time that a person would be considered disabled, science has made a huge advancement that will not only return partial eye sight to people who have lost this sense, but it may even improve a person's sense of independence while living with their disability as well.
Some of our New Jersey readers may have already heard about this recent advancement, which is a bionic eye that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two years ago for people who have rare degenerative eyes diseases like retinitis pigmentosa. The most recent recipient of the bionic eye, called the Second Sight Argus II, was brought to tears because the device gave him the partial ability to see his wife who he has not been able to see for nearly a decade.
It's important to note that even though this version of the device only restores partial vision, future models could eventually mimic actual human eye sight. For now, the technology affords people with degenerative eye diseases a glimpse into the world they thought they had lost and gives them hope that science will progress to the point later on where their condition is no longer considered a disability.
Source: CBS News, "Man gains sight with bionic eye," Feb. 23, 2015