'Eye can sort my socks out now!'

Published: 05th March 2009

'Eye can sort my socks out now!'
A man has been fitted with a bionic eye, allowing him to see well enough to sort out his socks, it has emerged.

The patient, known simply as Ron, said: "It gives me grades of bright light to black and anything in between. I can actually sort out white socks, grey socks and black socks."

Ron had not been able to see for 30 years but now he can see light "coming through", which may mean he will be able to sort out his patterned socks some time soon.

He revealed that it was an honour to be involved in a project that may let people like himself see in the future.

The bionic eye works by having a small camera attached to the top of some glasses that sends images to electrodes inserted in the back of Ron's eye.

US company Second Sight, which was established in 1998 to create a retinal prosthesis to give sight to patients blinded from outer retinal degenerations, developed the technology.

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