Category: Retinal Regeneration

A Beam of Light to the Brain Can Help to See in the Future

Helsingin Sanomat

Included below is a translated segment by Kalevi Rantanen published in Helsingin Sanomat, the largest subscription newspaper in Finland, on February 20, 2020. In the future, the blind can see light when video is sent directly to the brain. Eyes, and even the optic nerve, can be bypassed by optogenetics, where images are produced by light. Professor Stephen Macknik of New York’s Downstate University assures us that implantation will soon be done on the optic cortex, that is, directly on the brain. The Macknik team has developed a brain implant called Observ. It is based on optogenetics, which combines optics