At the age of 66, Larry Hester has spent most of his life as a blind man. Deprived of his vision by retinitis pigmentosa 30 years ago, he recently became the the seventh person in the U.S. to receive an implantable Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device, also known as the bionic eye, CBS News reports.
"The device doesn't restore Hester's sight in the traditional sense, but in conjunction with specially-equipped glasses, allows him to see light, meaning he can make out contours and silhouettes of objects. Hester is now not only able to navigate a room and find a door with more ease, but shortly after receiving the device he reported 'seeing' a white duck swimming in a pond, the harvest moon, and his wife's yellow chrysanthemums."
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