The region’s first bionic eye surgery restored limited sight to a woman who’s been blind for almost two decades.
The surgery was performed last month at the UCHealth Eye Center in Aurora.
Jamie Carley suffers from a disease that causes cells in the retina to slowly die. Doctors implanted a microchip in Jamie’s eye.
“Its a new way of seeing,” Carley said.
Carley’s “sight” is expected to improve further over the coming months, as her brain learns to interpret digital visual input.
While I don’t show any signs of it, macular degeneration — which is what it sounds like Carley suffers — runs on my Dad’s side of the family. My grandfather suffered it early onset, and by the time he was 70 all he had left was his peripheral vision.
Needless to say, I’ll be closely following this story and others like it.