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Computer Model Fosters Potential Improvements to 'Bionic Eye' Technology


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A woman's eye.

Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California used an advanced computer model of what happens in the retina of the human eye in a pair of recent studies.

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Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California are using an advanced computer model to mimic the human retina, in order to improve prosthetic eye technology.

The model replicates the shapes and positions of millions of nerve cells in the eye, along with their associated physical and networking characteristics.

The Keck team focused on nerve cells that send visual information from the eye to the brain, and identified potential ways to boost clarity and grant color vision to future retinal prostheses.

Said Keck's Gianluca Lazzi, "There’s a long road, but we’re walking in the right direction. We can gift these prosthetics with intelligence, and with knowledge comes power."

From Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
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