Visual Neuroprosthetics: Functional Vision for the Blind

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Ophthalmology; Bioengineering; Surgery; Physiology
Creator Normann, Richard A.
Title Visual Neuroprosthetics: Functional Vision for the Blind
Date 1995-01
Description Resent progress in materials and microfabrication technologies have allowed researchers to reconsider the prospect of providing a useful visual sense to the profoundly blind. This will be accomplished by electrically stimulating their visual systems via an array of implanted microelectrodes. The techniques of the semiconductor industry have been employed to create electrode arrays with three dimensional architectures. These arrays are proving to be safely implantible into the visual parts of the brain of animals with little significant long term consequences. Thus, the tools of neuroprosthetics have been developed to the point that they will soon be used to validate some of the physiological foundations upon which artificial vision have been based. Validation of these foundations will accelerate the rapid pace of this research. If these physiological underpinnings can be shown to be solid, a demonstration of functionally useful vision in blind human volunteers may be possible within a five year time frame.
Type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
First Page 77
Last Page 83
Subject Visual Neuroprosthetics; Vision; Blindness
Subject MESH Vision; Visually Impaired Persons; Eye; Visual Pathways
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Normann RA. (1995). Visual Neuroprosthetics: Functional Vision for the Blind. IEEE Eng Med Biol Mag, 77-83
Rights Management © Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Format Medium application/pdf
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64m9p13
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