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Towards a Smart Bionic Eye

AI-Powered Artificial Vision for the Treatment of Incurable Blindness

These NLM-funded researchers bring together artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and visual prostheses – retinal and brain implants referred to as “bionic eyes” – in hopes of one day providing better assistive technology for incurable blindness that affects about 40 million people worldwide.

Despite recent advances in gene and stem cell therapies, which are showing great promise, there are no effective treatments for many people blinded by severe degeneration or damage to the retina, the optic nerve, or cortex. In such cases, an electronic visual prosthesis (“bionic eye”) may be the only option. The goal is thus to address fundamental questions at the intersection of neuroscience, computer science, and human-computer interaction that will enable the development of a Smart Bionic Eye.

Find more information in the NIH RePORTER or PubMed Central.

Research at NLM

NLM Intramural Research Program

Intramural research at NLM consists of the development and application of computational approaches to a broad range of problems in biomedicine, molecular biology, and health.


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About NLM

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    The Library started as a shelf of books in the Surgeon General’s office in 1836 but has grown to a collection of millions of print and electronic resources.

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    The diverse centers, divisions, advisory bodies and other organizational units that make up NLM contribute in myriad ways to the Library’s mission.

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    This ten year plan outlines NLM's role in a future where data and information transform and accelerate biomedical discovery and improve health and health care.