Researchers from Oxford University has developed a synthetic soft tissue eye retina , that could offer fresh hope to visually impaired people.
Till now, the synthetic retina have been made from hard, rigid materials. The new research is the first to successfully use biological, synthetic tissues developed in a laboratory environment.
It’s made of soft water droplets and biological cell proteins that detect and react to light to create a grey scale image.
This research could revolutionize the bionic implant industry and the development of less invasive technologies to help treat degenerative eye conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa, which can lead to blindness.
Just as photography depends on camera pixels reacting to light, vision relies on the retina performing the same function.
The retina rests at the back of the human eye, and contains protein cells that convert light to electrical signals that travel through the nervous system.
This triggers a response from the brain, which builds a picture of the scene being seen.
This study, led by 24-year-old Oxford University Doctor of Philosophy student Vanessa Restrepo-Schild and was published in journal Scientific Reports.