Carmen Torres is one of the few 100 people who have undergone is surgery to install bionic eye implants that help them see partially. Carmen had been completely blind for 13 years from a hereditary eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. This disease had started to take over her eyes when she was 18. By the age of 45, she had become completely blind.
“When you lose your vision, you feel like something has been stolen from you. You are in darkness all the time,” Torres said. “But now I have an additional tool that gives me more confidence in my daily life.”She went in for this surgery November last year to get the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System. This system consists of several components including, sensor array inside the eye, and special glasses to be worn 24/7. These glasses function by capturing the light falling of the subject, or in their surrounding, and feed it to the eyes over wifi after converting to electrical impulses.
“You have to know what light is there. It is very hard to identify the kind of light for every object that you see,” Torres said. “It’s like learning a new language.”