Bionic Eye—Not a Miracle

When I was a kid I loved watching The Six Million Dollar Man, the television show starring Lee Majors about the bionic man. Of course that was just make-believe. But today scientists are making bionic components a reality.

Time reports that Second Sight Medical Products produced (and the FDA approved) the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System.

[This is] the first implantable device to treat the condition [of retinitis pigmentosa, which causes blindness,] and [it] is approved for people over age 25 with advanced RP who can see some light. . . . The device consists of a panel of electrodes that are surgically implanted in the eye, and a pair of glasses with an attached camera.

Earlier this month Second Sight announced the results of an encouraging study:

The majority of blind subjects fitted with the Argus II consistently identified letters and words using the retinal implant, indicating reproducible spatial resolution. This, in combination with stable, long-term function of the device, represents significant progress in the evolution of artificial sight.

In ages past, people vainly hoped that “miracle workers” and faith could make the blind see. Today, scientists and reason are actually helping the blind see. Let the refrain be: It’s not a miracle!

Like this post? Join our mailing list to receive our weekly digest. And for in-depth commentary from an Objectivist perspective, subscribe to our quarterly journal, The Objective Standard.


Image: Wikimedia Commons


Return to Top

Comments submitted to TOS are moderated and checked periodically. Commenters must use their real names, and comments may not exceed 400 words. For a comment to be approved, it must be civil, substantive, and on topic. Ad hominem attacks, arguments from intimidation, misrepresentations, unsubstantiated accusations, baseless assertions, and comments that ignore relevant points made in the article are not permitted. Comments that violate these rules will not be approved. Thank you for helping us to keep the discussion intellectually profitable.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply