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Medical News & Perspectives
October 16, 2002

Future Eye Implants Focus on Neurotransmitters

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JAMA. 2002;288(15):1833-1834. doi:10.1001/jama.288.15.1833

Washington—Superman had it, and in a decade many others could have supervision, according to scientists who are developing eye implants that translate digital camera images into a flow of neurotransmitters that mimic natural vision.

"The possibilities are limitless if you continue this [research] to its logical conclusion," said Harvey Fishman, MD, PhD, director of the Ophthalmic Tissue Engineering Laboratory at Stanford University School of Medicine. "You could have any kind of vision you want, you could see infrared, you could see the stars."

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