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First bionic eye sees light of day in U.S.

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Bionic eyes are no longer the stuff of science fiction; after years of research, the first bionic eye is poised to hit the U.S. market. A company called Second Sight Medical Products has developed their Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System which consists of 60 electrodes. Implanted in the retina, and with glasses fitted with a special mini-camera, the retinal prosthesis would restore sight to those with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disease affecting some 100,000 people in the U.S. The Argus is poised for FDA approval soon, and after that, bionic eyes will become commercial available.