A mother living in the Denver, Colorado area who has been blind for more than two decades recently started to tear up after using her new bionic eye to see her son for the first time in several years. The ocular device was switched on a month after the she received an eye implant surgery on November 2. The Colorado woman suffers from a disease that causes the retina’s cells to die slowly.
51-year-old Jamie Carley received the bionic eye at the University of Colorado Hospital’s UC Health Eye Center. She had to wait one month after the operation until she could turn on the device.
Carley’s condition is called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). She had no night vision during her entire life, and her day vision slowly worsened until she became completely blind by age 26 or so. Her son was only a toddler then.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Naresh Mandava was Carley’s surgeon. He added the $150,000 Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System into Carley’s eye, which allows her to see objects’ outlines and differentiate light and ark.
The operation was Colorado’s first bionic eye transplant, according to The Denver Post. It was completed in five hours.