Braille contact lens may help the blind see

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The special contact lens doesn

They will feel shapes being transmitted through the lens, similar to the way blind people feel braille writing with their fingers.

RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL (NBC/RTV) - Researchers in Israel are working on a special kind of contact lens that they say will help blind people see.

The special contact lens doesn't work via retinal photo receptors that other people use, but through tactile sensors found on the surface of the eye called the cornea.

They will feel shapes being transmitted through the lens, similar to the way blind people feel braille writing with their fingers.

“There is a camera that captures an image. The image is being processed by certain processor and then transmitted to a special contact lens, which is positioned on top of the cornea of the blind person,” said Zeev Zalevsky, with Bar Ilan University. “The transmitted spatial information generates spatial stimulation over the surface of the cornea, and this spatial tactile sensation, after proper training, can be recognized as the spatial shape that was imaged by the camera.”

The technology is still years away from being commercialized. The research is waiting on more funding for full clinical trials.


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