Bionic Eye Helps People See
In September, Philadelphia's Fran Fulton also underwent surgery to have a chip planted in her eye that sends a signal to the optic nerve controlled by special pair of glasses. The procedure, which costs upwards of $100,000, is not yet being done in New York but it will be soon. Richard Rosen, MD, is chief of retina service at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary at The Mount Sinai Hospital. "Patients who were completely blind and really couldn't see anything can at least begin to appreciate patterns," he said. "It gives them some ability to navigate using light they lost a long time before."
-Dr. Richard B. Rosen, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Surgeon Director, Retina Service Chief, and Director of Ophthalmology Research, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary