Recently news of a woman regaining her sight has reached the ears of the press, making everyone’s tongues wagging. Jamie Carley, a woman from Colorado is now able to see again thanks a new surgical technique involving the use of bionic components. The woman regains her sight after 15 years of stumbling in the dark.
More than 50 years ago, Mrs. Carley was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a macular degenerative disease, which affects the photoreceptor cells found in the retina. Over the course of a year, the woman lost her eyesight completely. But things are about to change in Carley’s case.
On the 10th of December, Mrs. Carley was to the Eye and Vision Care, a medical center which belongs to the University of Colorado. The doctors wanted to try out a whole new approach to treating this kind of cases. So, with the use of enhanced biotechnology, the doctor could offer Mrs. Carley something no one else could: the gift of seeing through her own eyes again.
This unparalleled and unprecedented surgical procedure took more than 5 hours to complete and it required a whole team of ophthalmologists in order to pull off this medical miracle. The team had the courtesy of explaining the whole procedure step by step.
During the first steps of the surgery, the doctors implanted a microscopical microprocessor chip in Carley’s retina. The chip alone cannot help the woman to see again unless it is paired with a pair of special glasses.
These glasses which Carley will have to wear all the time is equipped with cameras, which are able to take high-quality videos of the surrounding environment. The chip implanted in her retina capture the information supplied by the camera and turn it into electrical impulses. In turn, the electrical impulses are being transmitted by the chip to Carley’s optical nerves. Her brain would be able to pick up this signals and interpret them.
After she awoke from her surgery, Carley was given her first pair of glasses in order to see if the operation was successful or not. Shortly after putting on her glasses, the woman was able to see her son for the first time in 15 years.
For now, Mrs. Carley can see only faint outlines and shadows. But, in time, her doctors believe that Carley’s brain will be able to refine the way in which it interprets the electrical signals coming from the chip.
Moreover, this intervention can prove to be a turning point in eye surgery. Doctors are confident that if the method will be refined it could help other people with eye problems.