DailyDirt: Restoring Sight

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The visually impaired are a sizable group of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Some vision problems are easily corrected with glasses or contacts or various kinds of laser-based eye surgery. However, some retinal problems are much more difficult (or impossible) to treat. Retinal surgery isn't fun at all, but it can be the preferred option when given the choice between blindness and some amount of vision. Check out a few of these developments that could help people see a little bit more. Bionic eyes are going to take a long time to develop, so in the meantime, check out this holiday gift guide for some awesome deals at the Techdirt deals store.

Filed Under: artificial retinas, blind, blindness, contact lenses, low vision, prosthetic retina, retinal implant, vision, visually impaired


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    jimb (profile), 24 Nov 2015 @ 6:53pm

    stem cells offer some potential as well...

    There has also been some research with using stem cells from various sources to treat the particular ailment I have somehow acquired, age-related dry macular degeneration. There have been some clinical trials that show improvements in vision capability for those who had severe degradations, and I personally hope this avenue is developed successfully before I can qualify for one of the 'severely impaired' studies. Of course, if there's no big profit potential in it, it doesn't seem too likely the new Pfizer will be pushing it.

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    Rekrul, 24 Nov 2015 @ 9:03pm

    Have they made any progress in repairing damaged optic nerves? That's the reason I'm completely blind in my right eye.

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