Prosthetics have seen a new light; prosthetic eyes now exist.
It’s true. In China a young boy named Guo Bin was the victim of eye gauging. He can’t see, but he looks normal. That’s because he’s undergone operations and received prosthetic eyes. 3 weeks ago Guo Bin’s mother, Wang Wenil told the BBC they “had to try everything”.
In August Guo Bin’s eyes were gauged out; the preparation for the prosthetic began in September. But making him seem normal is not the end; his doctor, Dennis Lam says he hopes in 5-10 years Guo Bin will be able to see again because it’ll be linked directly to his brain.
Prosthetic doesn’t stop there. From first appearing as artificial arms and legs, the oldest splint dating back to the fifth Egyptian Dynasty (2750-2625 BCE), they’ve walked far. Prosthetic heart valves have existed since the 1960’s to help pump blood through the body. Prosthetic teeth (aka teeth/dental implants) are also here.
Just this year (September 2013) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) released an article saying they have developed
“approaches to convey sensory information critical for object manipulation—information about contact location, pressure, and timing—through intracortical microstimulation of somatosensory cortex”,
or in other words, the sense of touch; they hope to hand it down to prosthetic fingers and toes, so those who’ve lost them can feel again.
All that remains now is whether science will bring a standard nose and tongue.
*This article has been written with a humorous angle; it is not meant to offend readers.
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