Could diamonds restore vision in people whose sight has been ravaged by Aged Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)? That is the question researchers from Melbourne are asking, and it seems the answer is yes.
Supported by a "2020 Vision by 2020" government grant, these researchers have already developed a prototype bionic eye which was successfully implanted in three patients.
A tiny camera wirelessly transmits images to the diamond-boxed implant at the back of the eye, which sends electrical pulses to the nerve cells in the retina, which transmit the signals to the brain, where they are processed and converted into vision. The diamond box allows higher definition perception that with other materials.
The team have partnered with Canadian entrepreneurs to start seeking FDA approval for human clinical trials.
Read more about the obstacles they overcame here: http://www.mivision.com.au/diamonds-are-forever-the-evolution-of-the-bionic-eye/