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Advancements In Sight Therapies

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed visual simulations of images retinal implants will mostly likely produce for those benefitting from the sight recovery technology therapies.  Lead author, associate professor of psychology, Ione Fine, added that the information from the study answers many questions about the invasive and expensive surgery for those who choose to opt for restoration surgery.

The research findings were published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, “Philosophical Transactions B.”

NOTE: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A focuses on Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences while Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B focuses on Biological Sciences.

The surgery is thought to be a possible option for those suffering from macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa where the retina is left relatively intact despite the loss of rods and cones.  However, co-author, psychology professor Geoffrey Boynton clarified that the sight produced from this medical advancement will not produce normal vision specifically because of how cells traditionally respond to actual visual input.

http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/370/1677/20140208