07.20.12

Eye implant surgery takes only 30 minutes, restores lost vision from retinal damage.

No, this is not a video from Deus Ex—though it certainly looks and sounds like one to me. Scientists from the US, UK, and Israel have developed a minimally invasive procedure to implant a chip that restores vision to people suffering from macular degeneration. 

'Bio-Retina incorporates various nano-size components in one tiny, flat implant, approximating the size of a child’s fingernail,' say the company which manufactures the device, Nano-Retina.

'Its simple 30-minute implant procedure requires local anesthesia, a small incision and 'gluing' of the device to the damaged retina,' says the company.

'Return of sight is anticipated to be instantaneous. Recovery time is estimated at up to one week.'