6 Apr 2012

Australian researchers to test bionic eye

8:28 pm on 6 April 2012

A team of Australian researchers developing a bionic eye that could help restore sight to the blind will test a full prototype later in April.

The Monash vision group believes it is on track to be the first in the world to implant a microchip into the brain of blind patients.

A patient will wear glasses with a tiny camera that will act like an eye's retina, the ABC reports.

A pocket processor will then convert these images into electronic signals to be sent to a microchip implant in the brain.

The procedure will insert 650 hair-thin electrodes into the visual cortex.

When fully operationally, the patient will see low resolution black and white images.