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“Bionic Eye” Becomes Reality

Posted by administration on January 23, 2015

Bionic EyeIf you remember television shows from the 1970s, you’re sure to remember The Six Million Dollar Man. Actor Lee Majors played Col. Steve Austin, an astronaut severely injured in a crash who was later rebuilt with bionic implants in his right arm, legs and left eye. The “bionic man” had super strength, speed and vision. Viewers of this series undoubtedly fantasized about how it would feel to be like the bionic man.

Approximately 40 years later, technology has made the “bionic eye” a reality for patients with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. This disease slowly causes damage to the retina (the back of the eye) and eventually leads to almost complete blindness. The Food and Drug Administration has approved an artificial retina procedure being dubbed as a “bionic eye.” The system uses a tiny camera and transmitter in special eyeglasses to transmit impulses to the retina’s healthy cells to allow for limited restored vision.

Researchers continue to develop new technologies to restore or improve eyesight. Good vision is often taken for granted; but when problems begin to occur, you want to take any measure necessary to protect your precious eyesight.

Cataracts are another type of slowly progressing condition that can eventually cause blindness if left untreated. Luckily, treatment for cataracts in Victoria is not only available, but also quick, virtually painless and extremely effective.

Victoria Eye Center offers no shot/no stitch cataract surgery.

Some of Victoria Eye Centers’ cataract patients feel as though they have super-human eyesight when they choose cataract lifesytle IOLs over standard monofocal IOLs. These artificial implants can correct other vision conditions, such as astigmatism and presbyopia (the need for reading glasses), often giving older patients the vision of their youth.

Cataract surgery in Victoria may not give you bionic vision, but it may help you eliminate cloudy vision and give you a new outlook on life. Schedule an eye exam in Victoria at Victoria Eye Center. Call 800-833-0234 to schedule an eye exam or Cataract Consultation.