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With The Help Of bionic eye's Blind man regains sight after 30 years
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In a ray of hope for millions of those who cannot see, a blind man, who underwent a"bionic eye" implant trial at a British hospital, has partially regained vision thirty years after losing his sight.

Peter Lane (51) from Stretford is one of the 32 people who participated in an international trial of'bionic eye'at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital earlier this year.

Peter, who lost his sight to a degenerative genetic disease in his mid-twenties, can now read simple words with the help of the implant. The device allows him to see the outline of objects as a series of dots of lights and helps him in reading also, Daily Mail reported.

"It was an amazing feeling after not being able to see anything to be seeing letters and words on a special screen. I was there reading dad, mat, cat," Peter said."I'm just reading small words at the moment and they (doctors) try us with smaller letters each time. It's a start and they've said they will get me a screen so I can read at home," he said.

Peter said now he feels more confident and independent when he goes out.

The implant uses a camera mounted on spectacles to send wireless signals to nerves that control sight. The brain then decodes the image. It was developed by an American company and is being pioneered by just 11 doctors worldwide.

Paulo Stanga, a consultant ophthalmologist said,"The patients are progressing much faster than we at first thought. This is certainly very encouraging for both the patient and the scientific community.""But a lot of work still needs to be carried out," Stanga said.
Source: PTI

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