More than a million people in the United States are legally blind. Many of them once had vision but tragically lost it. Now a breakthrough device could give them back some of their sight.
Robertson is blind, but this device allows her to see, not with her eyes but with her brain! Fifteen years ago, she lost both of her eyes in a car accident. She was just 19 years old.
“When I realized yes, I am going to be blind, I thought, I guess I’m going to learn to do things a little differently now,” Robertson says. And she did. She traveled to Portugal to become the 16th person in the world to have special electrodes implanted in her brain. With the help of a device, she could see again!
“I said, ‘Oh my God, I can see it. I can see it,’ and I was just so excited!”
Neurosurgeon Kenneth Smith, M.D., of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, said the procedure is the first to reverse blindness in patients without eyes. “They are really seeing. The brain is getting impulses just like when you and I see.”