Artificial retina gives gift of sight in US

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the device, which has just gone on sale in 12 US cities.

    For the first time, an artificial retina is being sold in the US and 100,000 people there could benefit from it.

    The retina does not provide true sight, but it allows people to see points of contrast, making it easier to identify obstacles.

    The gift of restored sight does not come cheap.

    Implants cost more than $140,000 and few insurance companies have agreed to cover them.

    Al Jazeera's Jacob Ward reports from California.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.

    Crisis of Aboriginal women in prison in Australia

    Crisis of Aboriginal women in prison in Australia

    Aboriginal women are the largest cohort of prisoners in Australia, despite making up only 2 percent of the population.