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Of all the non-terminal illnesses that can befall someone, I believe blindness is one of the worst, so this is excellent news from Australia.

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Bionic eye breakthrough as Australian woman receives radical world first implant | Mail Online



Vision of the future: The bionic eye that could help millions of blind to see again after woman had partial sight restored in pioneering tests

Australian woman was first to receive radical implant

Dianne Ashworth has spoken for first time of the 'little flash' that signaled the return of her vision

Breakthrough one of several projects around the world that could restore vision for millions

PUBLISHED: 10:33, 30 August 2012 | UPDATED: 20:59, 30 August 2012


Scientists have taken an important step towards helping visually impaired people lead independent lives after a bionic eye gave a blind Australian woman partial sight.

Dianne Ashworth, who has severe vision loss due to the inherited condition retinitis pigmentosa, was fitted with a prototype bionic eye in May at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

It was switched on a month later, and today researchers revealed the results.



A prototype of the bionic eye created by Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), who said today they had successfully implanted the 'world first' bionic eye prototype


How it works - the bionic eye implant uses special glasses to send data to an implant in the brain.
It has already been implanted successfully




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UPDATE:

FDA Panel Considers Gene Therapy for Blindness...

Seeing Hope: FDA Panel Considers Gene Therapy for Blindness
October 09, 2017 - A girl saw her mother's face for the first time. A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling at toys he never knew existed. A teen walked onto a stage and watched the stunned expressions of celebrity judges as he wowed America's Got Talent. Caroline, Cole, Christian. All had mere glimmers of vision and were destined to lose even that because of an inherited eye disease with no treatment or cure. Until now.
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On Thursday, U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers will consider whether to recommend approval of a gene therapy that improved vision for these three youths and some others with hereditary blindness. It would be the first gene therapy in the U.S. for an inherited disease, and the first in which a corrective gene is given directly to a patient. Only one gene therapy is sold in the U.S. now, a cancer treatment approved in August that engineers patients' blood cells in the lab.

A hearing like no other

Children, parents, doctors and scientists will tell the FDA panel what it's like to lack and then gain one of our most primal senses. Cole Carper, an 11-year-old boy who got the therapy when he was 8, describes how sight changed what he knew of the world. When he returned to his home in Little Rock, Arkansas, after treatment, "I looked up and said, 'What are those light things?' And my mom said, 'Those are stars."'


Beth Guardino, left, and her son, Christian, talk about the 17-year-old's life before and after gene therapy treatment for his hereditary blindness during an interview at their home in Patchogue, N.Y.

His sister, 13-year-old Caroline Carper, treated when she was 10, said that afterward, "I saw snow falling and rain falling. I was completely surprised. I thought of water on the ground or snow on the ground. I never thought of it falling," because the sky was something she couldn't see, along with other things like her mother's smile.


Dr. Albert Maguire checks the eyes of Misa Kaabali, 8, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Oct. 4, 2017. Misa was 4 years old when he received his gene therapy treatment.

The treatment, Luxturna, is made by Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics. It does not give 20-20 vision or work for everyone, but a company-funded study found it improved vision for nearly all of those given it and seemed safe. The company's Nasdaq ticker symbol is ONCE, for how often it hopes the therapy is needed. "It's exciting" and in some cases might be a cure, although how long the benefits last isn't known, said Dr. Paul Yang, an eye specialist at Oregon Health & Science University who is testing gene therapies for other companies. "There's nothing else for these kids."

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