Artificial Eye

In the current scenario, where over millions of people are affected by visual anomalities, it was with a challenge that this project came into being. It aims at restoring vision to the blind.

Today, high-tech resources in microelectronics, Optoelectronic, computer science, biomedical engineering and also in vitreo retinal surgery are working together to realize a device for the electrical stimulation of the visual system.

Artificial Eye, which works through retinal implants, could restore sight to millions of people around the world who suffer from degenerative eye diseases. This technology is still in its infancy, but has progressed to human trials. This report aims to present a brief overview about the basic aspects of this technology and where it’s headed.

What is artificial eye?

An ocular prosthesis or artificial eye is a type of craniofacial prosthesis that replaces an absent natural eye following an enucleation, evisceration, or orbital exenteration. The prosthesis fits over an orbital implant and under the eyelids.

How eyes work?

The light coming from an object enters the eye through cornea and pupil. The eye lens converges these light rays to form a real, inverted and diminished image on the retina. The light sensitive cells of the retina get activated with the incidence of light and generate electric signals. These electric signals are sent to the brain by the optic nerves and the brain interprets the electrical signals in such away that we see an image which is erect and of the same size as the object.

The eye

the main part in our visual system is the eye. Our ability to see is the result of a process very similar to that of a camera. A camera needs a lens and a film to produce an image. In the same way, the eyeball needs a lens (cornea, crystalline lens, vitreous) to refract, or focus the light and a film (retina) on which to focus the rays. The retina represents the film in our camera. It captures the image and sends it to the brain to be developed.